I am going to my OBGYN for my first appointment, but then I plan to switch to a midwife with hopes of having a home birth. Of course, this means I have to "break up" with my OBGYN.
He's a great doctor and I plan to return to him for annuals after Babysaurus arrives. I know he would support my in my wishes to have a natural birth in a hospital...BUT he participates in a program that helps underserved and rural areas where OBGYNs travel 2 weeks out of every month to help women with high-risk pregnancies who don't have local access to an OBGYN for their birth because of where they live. This means he is in Alaska half the time! I think he's great for doing it, but I also think that if I ended up with a doctor I never met in my life delivering my baby, s/he might not respect my birth plan, might pressure me to accept interventions, or even misread my records and give me an antibiotic I am allergic to (this happened to somebody I know! scary). Hence, the home birth plan.
Anyhow, I don't want him to think I don't like him or his care, and I'd like to come back in the future. How can I temporarily part ways with him in a polite fashion? Any moms here have advice on how to do it right?