I'm only 7 weeks + 3, but I want to get as much done as I can asap!
I go to Lansing OB/GYN, and my first consult seemed pretty short. Does anyone know their policies on having doulas during birth, how many people are allowed to be with me during birth, how far past my due date they'll allow me to be pregnant?
I'm upset they will only deliver at Sparrow, because I took a tour of the birth center and loved it. Sparrow seems so... stuffy. I don't want the bright lights or crammed spaces. I want to be able to birth with a ball or walking around. I keep hearing "this will get the baby out safely" or "epidurals make getting the baby out easier" - thanks, but I'd like to get my OWN baby out, naturally ;) The nurse I spoke with was less-than-friendly and didn't encourage that.
Any advice is appreciated. I think I might need to shop around for a different doctor, or even better, a midwife. If Godforbid the baby wants to take until 42 weeks, I think I should be able to choose that on my own.