Doctors threatened legal action because "the baby has rights too"...and "we're refusing proper care"....
Im sure it was just scare tactics. These guys are pretty good at putting fear into young mothers hearts.
Have they been using a fetoscope to listen to the baby's heartbeat? I can see why they'd be anxious; so much of what they do is based on ultrasound technology. Breeches can surprise the most experienced providers and some women have body types that make it trickier to palpate position. That and not knowing where the placenta is would freak them right out. However, you have the right to refuse any and all tests and treatment; your being pregnant does not change that fact. They do have the right to "fire" you as their patient if they feel that your refusing this stuff makes it impossible for them to give proper care, however they have to give you a certain amount of time to find another provider, they can't just send you a letter and cancel your next visit.
If I were you I would really try hard to find a practice that is less insistent on ultrasound. Your relationship with your docs sounds so adversarial and that is not what you want to be dealing with when you're about to have a baby!
Yeah refusing all ultrasound is not a choice that I made or will probably ever make, and I routinely use dopplers and ultrasound in my practice. However I was assuming OP has her mind made up and while it's not what I would do, her care providers shouldn't be threatening her with legal action.
I can understand where the threat of legal action gets to be ridiculous. Back before the policies regarding the eye ointment for newborns were rewritten in Washington state, it was apparently the policy of many hospitals to report any parents who refused the ointment to CPS automatically. Then, when CPS was interviewed, they stated that they took all those reports and essentially stuck them in a closet - they didn't consider them to be severe enough to be investigated, so they just ignored them. Yet, the hospitals just kept submitting them.
It's a bit of a different situation, but it has the same sort of "The law will make you do it!" feeling to it. While I think health care professionals have the right to refuse care to non-compliant patients, taking legal action can be extreme in these types of situations where it's regarding prenatal care.
Just my thoughts regarding the whole 'take legal action' thing.
Are they using a fetoscope? At 35 weeks they can hear the baby very well with that and can also feel where baby is.
If you are not going to use doppler or sonos then you should be using someone who is highly skilled in the natural art of prego and most ob's just rely on tech. and have lost that art. In the hossy you will also have to fight as they usually do constant fetal monitoring but i have heard of women who ask to have it checked randomly throughout labor instead.
homebirth sounds like the right choice for you... adversarial relationships with care providers is no good..... and midwives are equals/partners... whereas "drs" automatically have an "authority" position creating an adversarial relationship whether you like it or try to create it or not.
If you can't find a midwife this late, maybe a doula would help. They are the perfect advocates, and it sounds like that is exactly what you need. I'm sorry you can't go somewhere else. :( For medical staff to threaten you is inexcusable. There is nothing that you are required to do other than sign paperwork when you have a baby. In the end, they can't refuse you check in. The one tiny bit of sympathy I do have for them is that there is always a dark threat of people suing them for problems they did not cause.