Wow. It never occurred to me how fortunate I have been in the past with my old OB, at least when it came to prenatal care. She would come in and do all the technical stuff (weight, BP, listen to the heartbeat), and then she would sit down and ask if there was anything I wanted to talk about. If I didn't have anything specific, she would start asking me about my energy level, appetite (and what types of meals/snacks I had been having, and give me suggestions for keeping them well rounded), types of activity I'd been doing, and also if I had anything going on emotionally-how I was feeling about this or that in regards to my pregnancy and life in general, and then we'd talk about anything that would be coming up in regards to the pregnancy, and things to keep an eye on in terms of possible problems-what to do, when to call, etc.
It makes me very sad to realize so many women DON'T get that.
: The only issue I really had with her, and it was only in hindsight, was that she was much too quick to resort to interventions during labor, and didn't let things progress naturally, and with my second, she induced at 39 weeks for the convenience of it. At that point, it didn't even occur to me to not just say ok to whatever the doctor suggested-you live and you learn.
My new OB is also very good about prenatal care...we've spent at least 25-30 minutes discussing things after all the routine care is out of the way at each of my appointments-including my first appointment with her when I went for my yearly, before I was pregnant-and what nutritional/lifestyle changes would be best before even actually being pregnant. Plus, she has 2 children, and had natural childbirth with both.
For an OB, I think she's awesome.
My last appointment was with her midwife, because she's on maternity leave. She was great too. We got to talking about the political climate in the area (and state for that matter) when it came to midwives in general-not being able to attend hospital births, CPNs being felons, etc. What really made me super happy was when she said that my doctor was 'one of the good guys' when it came to supporting midwives, and said she wishes that all OB's were more like my OB, because there would be so much less 'medical junk' to pregnancy and childbirth.