I'm 6 wks along with my first and didn't realize how many choices there were out there for OB's, midwives, and hospitals! I've spent the past week doing endless online searches and am really struggling to decide on which direction to go (and need to decide soon so I can book my first prenatal appt). I thought it would be fairly simple and that my PCP would just recommend someone in network (Healtheast). She actually recommended I find a small private practice/clinic instead.
So, my main questions are:
1) Does anyone have experience or opinions on the private clinic/large practice question? I guess it makes sense that a private clinic would give more personalized care, but I also noticed that these smaller clinics don't utilize midwives as much (which I am interested in if I am not considered too high risk for-- I will be 39 at delivery).
2) Should I choose the hospital first and then a provider or vice versa? I was somewhat interested in the new Mother Baby Centers at United or ANW (United is probably a bit closer to me). Most OBs with privileges there seem to be with Allina.
3) I'm not set on MBC so would consider other options if people have recommendations.
Thanks for any thoughts/help!