How far north are you? I highly recommend Jessica Lawlor
, who's up in Sussex County.
Jessica has an office in her home, and all appointments (minus a few at the very end) were there. The office is very peaceful and child friendly. Her own toddler occasionally comes in to help, which is really cute. Jessica is very open to doing what her clients need to do. I switched to Jessica from the Hackettstown Midwives midway through my pregnancy, so I had already had an ultrasound. If I had already been with Jessica at that point, it would have been up to me whther I wanted one, after counseling on the risks and benefits. She has to do a GD test for her back-up doctor, but everything else is optional. I chose to do a GBS test, which she does encourage (but doesn't push) and she gave me some advice on making sure the test came out negative. She has an assistant who attends prenatals, but you choose whether you want her there.
At each appointment I weighed myself and tested my own urine. She does blood pressure, pulse, and later uses a fetoscope to listen to the baby (or a doppler, at times, if you're ok with that. During labor she stayed with me the whole time, and was a great doula in addition to being a great midwife. Unfortunately I had a very unusual labor, and at hour 44 I decided to transfer. This wasn't a decision made lightly. She had searched her books for ways to help me, and even called several other midwives. In the end she helped me be sure it was the decision I wanted to make, and when my husband drove me to the hospital, Jessica went with me, and stayed until after my son was born so she could help me start feeding him.
There's no doubt in my mind that I will be calling Jessica whenever we decide to have our second, and trying again for a home birth with her.