First, narrowing down your choices for midwifery care. When planning a home or birth center birth in Oklahoma you are likely to hire a midwife to oversee your prenatal, labor, and postpartum healthcare. Midwives take a relatively low number of clients each month compared to busy OBGYN practices, this means that their schedules fill up faster. Plan to reach out to your midwifery care potentials early to schedule meet and greet consults before they are fully booked!
So, what happens if your midwife can't attend your birth? What if they are already at someone else's birth?! We have a healthy and growing population of out-of-hospital birth midwives in Oklahoma! A midwife will have a list of back up midwives that they trust to care for you in their absence. Similarly your midwife may need to send a back up provider to another birth because they are currently serving you at your birth!
When I found out I was expecting my last baby I reached out to my midwife to secure services. Although she was available, it turns out she had planned to leave the country for vacation just days after my due date. Midwifery care was very important to me for my prenatal care, and I chose to remain with the midwife I desired and hoped she would be able to attend my birth but feeling comfortable knowing that our plan B was also in place should I birth while she was gone. She WAS able to attend my birth, and I am so grateful to have stayed in her care. It was exceptional and exactly what I needed.
Lastly, you will need to decide where you will birth your baby. Your midwife may offer both home birth and birth center options, or home birth only. If there are any birth centers near you, call and schedule a tour to visit so you can see the facility and ask any questions you may have. If you choose to have your baby in your home (a lovely choice!) your midwifery team will bring all the same safety equipment that would be available at the birthing center to your home. When choosing a home birth, your provider will generally plan to visit you in your home for a prenatal in your last month of pregnancy to familiarize themselves with your home's location and layout.