Today is a great day! Not only have some of the food aversions subsided (credit, once again, goes to spearmint essential oil), I also scheduled an appointment with a certified nurse midwife. After lots of contemplation and research, I came to the conclusion that this is the best choice for my prenatal care and labor/delivery. I'm really happy with this decision.
Originally, I fully intended to go the traditional obstetrician route. After our first appointment, though, Carl and I were uncomfortable with my doctor. She was dismissive regarding our questions and I got the impression that she wasn't really interested in getting to know Carl and me -- and that might be OK for some people, but it isn't right for us (we prefer open, collaborative relationships with our health care providers). I thought about it for two weeks before I decided to move on.
This, of course, left me with a big decision. Who do I see instead? I read profiles of just about every single doctor affiliated with the hospital we've chosen for our delivery. Whenever I thought I found someone who might work, I discovered something that told me otherwise. Finally, I called the clinic I used to go to for preventive care, prior to getting pregnant. I always really liked the clinic and my doctor there was super nice, but she had gotten so busy. For the past two years, I felt like a number. Still, I trusted her -- and I wondered if she might be the best choice after all. After a long chat with an admin at the clinic, it became clear that wasn't the one. However, the admin recommended two other doctors and then asked "have you considered a midwife?"
I had not, so I asked the admin to explain the benefits and the differences. I was sold. Our first appointment is April 8th.