I used a midwife clinic for my first pregnancy that was attached to a university hospital in California because they had a birth center inside of the hospital which made us more comfortable however we didn't have a great experience. We spent most of the pregnancy feeling like we were being made to jump through hoop after hoop. Almost every time we went in there for an appointment, there would be something else we needed to do. Another scan, another blood panel, another "oh your blood pressure is one point too high so you have to go to L&D to be checked". Our daughter was born with perfectly healthy and we were glad to be done with them.
I'm 28 weeks pregnant with my son and we are now living in Virginia and seeing midwives in a similar set up except this is just a regular hospital with a birth center rather than a University hospital. And I'm starting to feel the same way I did with my first and I'm just wondering if this is normal and I need to just suck it up or say something about it. I got diagnosed with Group B at 11 weeks via a urine test and told I had to do a round of oral antibiotics. Didn't like it but I did and after that they said great now all we need to do is have you do antibiotics in labor. Wouldn't hear of retesting or explain why I needed 2 rounds of antibiotics. I didn't even know they tested for this until 36 weeks with the swab. Then one midwife didn't like my heartbeat. I have a little heart flutter that I've had for most of my life and have been seen for before and I usually go years without feeling it. But it does seem to come back up a little more when Im pregnant. So I got refereed to a cardiologist who ran all these tests (that I've already had done before) only to tell me "oh well this sort of thing is perfectly normal for pregnant woman" but I must come back at 30 weeks to see how I'm doing. Then I got a huge bill from that because my insurance didn't think it qualified as prenatal care. Then the ultrasound tech noticed that there was some measurement in his head that she felt was too high so we got refereed to a specialist. We sat there for over 2 hours to be told that he is just on the higher end of normal and its perfectly fine again. THEN I get diagnosed with gestational diabetes and they want to make yet another appointment to go over how that works with them then also go sit through hours of classes in diabetes at the local hospital even though they said the Midwife will teach me to manage it. I am just getting so tired of appointment after appointment that I walk of feeling either that my time was wasted or having something else to worry about until the next appointment. I an on edge every time I go into an appointment.