I drove for an hour and 10 minutes, then waited for another hour and 15 minutes to see the midwife. She came in, checked the baby's heartbeat (yay, good heartbeat!), asked if I had any other questions, and left. Then I drove home. *sigh*
This is the best practice in the city, the best chance I have for a natural birth, and I know it. Unfortunately, so do the rest of the 3 million residents of the metro area. They're just too busy, and it's frustrating. It was sort of like this when I was pg with DD, but not quite so bad. For one thing, there were other decent practices at that time. Not so much anymore. Also, the other practice was much closer to my house, and I didn't have to fight traffic to get there. It took max 45 minutes to get there, all back roads. I have to take the interstate to get to this place, and so far an hour is the shortest time it's taken. One day it took me an hour and a half.
It also doesn't help that I have to entertain DD while waiting. It was fine in the waiting room. They have a great play area for kids, it's really wonderful. But I spent at least half that waiting time inside the room, and that was not fun for her. I wish they hadn't brought me back until they were really ready for me.
I'm just so torn. I really would love to go someplace closer and less busy, but there just isn't anyplace good. But on the other hand, I just don't know how I'm going to deal with this when I'm going more frequently for appointments later on.
Any words of wisdom?