Thanks, khaoskat! That's some good info.
I have birthed at KMH and MVH before. KMH is definitely NOT homebirth or even natural-birth friendly! I know the MVH doc you are referring to, and have used that office for two pregnancies.
I didn't know about the closest hospital with an ambulance info. I am very close to MVH, so I would be okay on that one.
I'm not pg right now, but we do plan to have more kids. I am mostly thinking about going with an off-the-grid MW which wouldn't "count" as prenatal care. I likely wouldn't have the $ to do both that AND back-up with the MVH docs. But I don't want to put myself in a position where I am treated like crap or worse in the event of a transfer without "official" prenatal care. I just think that MVH (and probably GSH too) see a fair number of moms without any or little prenatal care, so I was wondering if they make a big deal of it.
Sounds like GSH gave you a little bit of a hard time, and you did have official prenatal care!
ETA - BTW, the doctor's office at MVH we are talking about won't start seeing you for a pg until 12 weeks. I managed to get in for my first appointment at 14 weeks pg last time, and I was officially noted in my file as "late-start prenatal care"! So apparently, you can't start prior to 12 weeks, but if you are on vacation or something when you are 12 weeks, you will be "late-start". So irritating!
~Amy, Wife to E, Happy Momma to K 4/04, L 11/05, E 8/07, V 1/10, and J 10/11