This time around we are going straight with a HB midwife. Although we wholeheartedly believe in the low tech approach, I have had such a hard time trusting that there is a live baby in there. My gut feeling that something was wrong just grew and grew and finally last week we asked for a referral for an US. Seeing that little baby with a strong heartbeat and growing just fine really helped me relax and believe in this pregnancy. Now I feel much more confident with only the four weekly midwife checks with the doppler and/or fetoscope.
It is just so hard at the beginning when you can't 'feel' anything there. (ignoring the RLP, nausea, exhaustion etc)