februaa...I SO feel your pain. I was where you were in 2007, when I got preggo with my first child.
You really should talk to Lesley Everest or her partner Rivka. They are the main educators for the DONA program here in Montreal. They really know the ins and outs of getting a natural birth here. Even if you don't end up hiring one of them, they are a WEALTH of information.
Here's Lesley's website:http://www.motherwit.net/
Here's Rivka's websitehttp://montrealdoula.tripod.com/livingbirth/
Also, here's a link to the Yogaspace website, which lists a whole bunch of useful childbirth and childcare related resources, here in Montreal. There's also a list of doulas who practice in the city.http://www.yogaspace.com/resources/pregnancy.html
The doula I hired, Jessica Leduc, was FAN-TAS-TIC in helping me achieve the natural birth I wanted. She argued for me, she supported me whenever I called or emailed her, she was there from beginning to end for my induction (long story, I went to 42 + 1 wks), and she was in contact with me afterwards. I don't know if she's working right now since she had a baby a little while back. You can find her info on the Yogaspace website.
Call all the doulas that practice and meet each of them to see which one you click with. Be warned though, it'll cost you anywhere form 600$ to 800$, usually half of it upfront, to hire a doula here. It's so worth it though because a good doula will offer you the support that the medical system here in Quebec won't. From my doula I got prenatal education, a lot of discussion about my fears for childbirth, and constant emotional support. She was also rather understanding when I puked on her shoes during labor
As for your doctor...if you don't like him or her, get another one! I had a horribly impersonal and withdraw OB assigned to me at St-Mary's, AFTER she realized that I wasn't having a miscarriage and tried to get me to have a D&C...Needless to say, I didn't trust her one bit. So I called around and got myself an awesome doctor. Even if you're 30 wks, you don't need to stay with a doctor that you dislike
!! This is something that women in Québec don't know about and they let themselves be victimized by the system put in place here.
Have you tried getting in with Dr. Hélène Rousseau at CLSC Côtes-des-Neiges? She's very pro-natural childbirth. Also, Dr. Lisa Graves is very "natural birth". Finally, if you can't get in with those ladies, I would really recommend going to the Herzl clinic at the Jewish General. I know that the Jewish has a reputation for being a high intervention hospital, but if you go with a FAMILY DOCTOR and not an OB/GYN, you have better chances of having the natural birth you want. This from the mouth of Lesley Everest, whom I trust.
You probably won't be seen by the same doctor at the Herzl...they work in teams, but you'll get to know your nurse and your team of doctors really well *if* you're vocal
about what you want. I talked openly and loudly about my desire for natural birth, I called the clinic A LOT whenever I had concerns about low fetal movement or weird pelvic pain, I got angry and cried when they talked of induction, I fought to keep going beyond 40 wks, I had my DH and my doula argue with the doctor about how much pit and for how long, ....needless to say, they knew who I was and what I wanted.
Re: the birth centers, I gave up on those as soon as I called them. It was clear that I wouldn't get in because I hadn't called soon enough. Don't despair though, you CAN have the birth you want. Stay at home with your doula and your partner for as long as possible. Show up pushing at the hospital...that way there's less chance for medical intervention. Be prepared to fight for what you want, no matter which doctor you're with. Even my super-duper-pro-natural-birth doctor (who's now gone to Toronto, sadly), was trying to schedule me for an induction at 39 weeks because she thought I wanted it. I got pissed, then I cried and told her No Way No How. I gave in at 42 + 1 wks, because I just couldn't take it anymore, but even with a course of pit for 3 hours, I never took any meds for pain, spent most of my labor in the shower, I danced around in my room listening to Hypnobabies and felt like a champ when it was over 20 hrs later.
If you need more info, PM me! Good luck