How do you make decisions when choosing a practitioner in the birth or alternative medicine communities? I suggest that you interview. Most practitioners are willing to spend 10 or 15 minutes on the phone answering some questions about how they practice. It is possible to get a sense of who the person is and how they practice on the phone. Before calling make a list of questions you want ask so that you can keep detailed consistent notes. Know what it is you are trying to accomplish before calling. Be clear and concise with your questions so that you are respectful of the time given. You can also ask if they would be willing to meet with you in person for a short interview. This process will help you to evaluate who you would like to work with. There is a great deal of trust involved in any kind of healing relationship. It is important to find a good fit so that the relationship will be beneficial. It is also a great opportunity for learning!
Personal referral can be a help but don’t depend on this as your only source. When checking references you may want to ask for practitioner referrals as well as consumers. I suggest that you interview at least three practitioners by phone. I recently went through this process to find a new dentist. I found several and interviewed them. Two did not work out. I paid one for a one hour consultation which was useful. I also went to an orthodontist near me and asked who they would suggest. I then interviewed again and found the best dentist I have ever had! By then I knew what I was looking for!
While this process may seem time consuming, you will spend less time, perhaps save money, and hopefully find someone you will want to work with for many years to come. It is well worth the effort.
Sometimes, in spite of our best efforts, things don’t work out. Always try to work out any conflicts directly first. If after having tried to discuss your concerns you don’t get to a solution you may try putting your request in writing. For state licensed practitioners you can also check www.idfpr.com for additional information. All states have a similar web site. It will tell you if the license is current or they have had disciplinary action. Some practitioners are not required to be licensed by the state. They may have certifications or professional standing with organizations that will give recourse to unhappy consumers.
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