I am planning my first HB. My first two babies were born in free-standing birth centers here in NC. My MW says I'm a perfect candidate for a HB and knowing how my first two labors went, I feel good about this. What I can't figure out is the issue of back-up care. There are really only 2 doctors in this area who will even do this, and both are about an hour from me. One I'm not comfortable with at all. I saw him at the beginning of my last pregnancy and he was really awful to me. The other doctor has questionable values and is known for doing a bad c-section with a high infection rate post-op. I'm not sure what to think about all of this.
Does anyone ever receive parallel care with an OB and not tell them their plans for a HB, knowing that there is very little chance that they'd deliver with that doctor unless something unexpected happened? I don't really know of any doctors around here that I would trust for that, although I guess I could see a MW practice that delivers in-hospital. My main concern for that would be the financial aspect, because they'd probably want me to pre-pay for the birth by my 36 week appointment and if I'm only going there for prenatals, that wouldn't make sense. I'm just very confused about what to do here.