I just had my first meeting with my potential new doctor, and I love her so much I could squeeze her (but I'm trying not to scare her off).
She was super awesome about discussing her own philosophy and then what my concerns were, and her outcomes are amazing. She has a 6-7% C-section rate and she can't even remember the last time she's done an episiotomy. She was a homebirth midwife and she had homebirths with all five of her children (!) and now her own kids are having homebirths. I was like crying with happiness and trying to jump over the table to hug her. Fortunately, self-control reigned supreme. She highly recommends doulas, especially for first births, and she delivers at the hospital up the street from my house. I'm transferring my medical records after my 13 week ultrasound February 2, and then I have my first appointment with her the next week. She was super supportive of my working out and didn't put any restrictions on anything as long as I was doing it before I got pregnant (and it doesn't hurt).
The only potential downside is that she is just one person, so I could end up having to birth with her backup, though she said the practice she has backup with (her old practice) is still pretty non-interventionist, though she's the most non-interventionist. So, I'll just have to accept that part of this may be out of my hands. Either way, I'm just freaking out with excitement. I just felt so comfortable with her, and usually it takes me a while to warm up to doctors because I have a weird attitude toward authority figures. But she was super comfortable from the beginning.
Finally, because she's a family care doc, she'll be able to continue my care and the care of the baby after birth, which is really really cool. No interviewing pediatricians and no screwing around with multiple doctors' appointments. ACK! I'm so excited! This is such a switch from my feeling like I was losing control over the whole process just a few weeks ago. I also got a full night's sleep last night (thanks to my beloved tart cherry juice), so I'm abnormally energetic today.
Hopefully everyone is finding the birth options that work best for them!