I had a natural delivery (albeit an induction, but still went pain med-free and mostly intervention-free) with my daughter, who was born in March. I loved my doctor, and would see her again in a heartbeat, but I was driving 30 miles each way to see her.
This time (yes, we're kinda-sorta trying again...lol), I'd like to avoid having to take so much time off work for doctor's appointments because of the distance. I'd also like to forgo the expense of a doula this time, even though ours was awesome. (My husband is/was a great support during labor, and I'd really like professional birth photography instead.)
Soo...I'm considering switching to a family practitioner in my town who has just completed her residency and loves pregnant mamas and attending deliveries. Since she has such an interest in OB, I'm thinking/hoping she has some idea that natural birth is a good thing, a woman's body is made for this, etc. (The hospital in our town has a reputation for being not-so-friendly for natural births, but they are trying to improve on that, I believe.)
I guess what I'm asking is...am I crazy to give up my hippie-former-midwife-natural-birth-advocate doctor for a new doctor in a less flexible hospital environment? And if I go ahead and do so, am I nuts to think I can go without a doula this time? Help!