Mommel, I love your avatar!! And I really appreciate hearing from you. I can't stand hospitals, either. No one likes them, I know, but after childhood illness, family members' illness, and on top of that, the fact that I'm strongly empathic (sounds weird, but hey! there it is)...that just has "failure to progress" written all over it for me. I love that you got to take your own sweet time about the delivery. Oddly, I think that knowing I could take that long if I needed to would help me move as quickly as possible. If I feel like hospital staff is pressuring me, I think everything would freeze.
Artekah, THANK YOU! This is such a help. My plan is to do pre-qualification over the phone, then interview my top 3 or so once I'm out there. Having a starting place is just wonderful. ^_^