I am not pregnant yet but I have been thinking about it for a looonnnggg time. My family does not have health insurance and I had medicaid for DD(6)'s pregnancy. No Ob's were accepting new medicaid patients at the time so I had to go through the local health clinic which made me basically feel like trash. The appointments took forever just for a few minutes with a nurse who took my blood pressure, urine and weight. I felt like I was just another statistic teen pregnancy. Yes I was 19 but I had been married for a year before my pregnancy. I didn't know that I could refuse things like internal exams. Most things wouldn't have bothered me if it had been the same 1 or 2 nurses I saw each time and the same doctor because I'd at least feel more comfortable with the person. Anytime I had a question or concern I was given a textbook answer that I already basically read in one of my pregnancy books. My pregnancy was completely "normal" with no problems other than a lot of weight loss in the beginning from a lot of morning sickness. I don't see a reason to automatically jump to seeing a doctor for my care. I plan to still go to the hospital for the birth simply because DD had trouble getting oxygen during labor and I'd feel safer to keep it monitored. Who knows? I might change my mind about that as I go through pregnancy.
Anyways, like I said I'm not pregnant yet. I just want to figure out what I will do before I get pregnant. What made you decide to go unassisted? Did you self-monitor or just go with how you felt?