Originally Posted by bekahegrace
Actually, scratch that last question. I just called and made an appointment and it looks like insurance won't be an issue. :)
Instead, could you let me know what your experience has been with seeing the midwives in addition to the doctors? Do you feel like you're getting enough time with them? I know you said the doctors are open to natural birthing, too, but do you ever feel like you're not getting enough time with the midwives? Do you see a significant difference between the midwives and the doctors?
I see mainly the midwives (you can request to see either midwives, OB's or no choice, and I prefer to see the midwives). I have met all of the Dr's (they prefer that you meet them all at least once). I definitely feel like I get enough time with them. I haven't had any problems asking questions and getting good answers (by good I mean informative, non-condescending etc) with midwives & Dr's. The midwives were able (as I expected) to feel how the baby was by palpating my tummy, which was pretty cool. :) Neither Dr's or midwives said anything about drugs during pregnancy except for once (bad sinus infection, cleared up in 3 days after one of the Dr's prescribed an anti-biotic). I had one Dr (you can PM for a name if you want) that I really don't like, as he very adamantly pushed me getting the flu shot (and was condescending about it). None of the other Dr's (or midwives) had a problem with me declining it.
They all gave me (and my husband) enough time to ask any questions and didn't leave until we were all set. They also listened to any problems that I've been having (such as I noticed that I'd gained quite a bit of weight, and it was addressed immediately with the diagnosis of "edema", normal, no other signs of toxemia but watch for these symptoms & call if you notice any them, and then *the midwife made me feel really at ease with all of this information* I'll be peeing a lot after I give birth). They were really open with my birth plan and any problems (none with the birth plan-the midwifes really liked it, and the Dr's told me that almost all of the things are things that they either do or recommend during labour & birth).
The birth suites at Covenant (the hospital you'll birth at if you go with them) are being redone. I think half are done? About half of them (I think, it's been a bit since I had my class) have huge, deep tubs for labouring, the ones that don't have tubs have showers. They have squat bars, birthing balls and more.
I've heard from a few other women who've had the same type of experience, and I can really see why it's busy. :)