This my first, but I've already switched providers and I am so so happy I did. I've already kvetched about this on numerous other threads (sorry, ladies!) but my previous OB was part of a big practice and I felt like I was just being shuttled around between nurses, ultrasound techs, and my OB (who I only saw once). Two pretty basic concerns were completely shrugged off by my OB and no one ever contacted me about any of my blood work. My CF test never made it into my chart, so even if it had been positive it's likely no one would have called me. After a lot of hand-wringing I switched to a family practice doctor who was previously a homebirth midwife and she is just amazing. I was getting a lot of pushback from friends about my desire to not get the initial saline lock for the IV (I have a very uncomfortable relationship with needles and hospitals, as I'm guessing many do) but when I brought it up with my doc she said, "I've never seen it be a problem. Just tell the nurses I said it was ok not to get one." It was that easy. Also, her C-section rate is 6-7%. I can't believe how lucky I got.
Sorry for the repetitive gushing about my doctor for all those who have had to hear it all before, but I'm just so freaking happy I found her. It has completely changed my outlook on the entire birthing process. For all those who are even moderately unhappy with their doctors, it's worth it to poke around if you can. I know insurance and geography and other issues can be really restrictive, but it could make all the difference just to see what's out there. Also, keep your eyes peeled for micro-practices. My doc owns her own practice so it's just her. These practices are harder to find but I suspect they may be more likely to have sympathetic practitioners.
No no! its awesome to be happy with your provider. I know I have a good relationship with mine because I CANNOT WAIT to see them, I cannot wait to see the lady in the office , "Y", and I love seeing everyone. I BAWLED at my last post natal visit because I missed them.