I got really good vibes from the office today and got some good information that will help me formulate my questions better for the future.
First, Aiden did amazingly well. He was melt down baby alllll morning, but stayed mostly calm for the 90 minutes I was there just sitting in the stroller (snacks, iPhone, and a sippy of water helped obviously). He got a bit fussy watching them draw the billion vials of blood. Can't really blame him there.
I met with a midwife. She said there are 4 midwives and 5 OBs, but that the OBs in the practice do more than just OB care, they do pelvic surgery and such too! Last year the 4 midwives attended over 70% of the vaginal births, including VBACs. Unless I want to see an OB for my whole pregnancy (which I don't), I don't have to see an OB except for my anatomy scan appt (they do all u/s) and one other appt in which I have to be briefed on the risks of a VBAC and the risks of a repeat c/s. The office also refuses to do inductions without a true medical reason until 41 weeks! At which point if I don't want to be induced I have to do a couple of NSTs that week before they draw the line at 42 weeks. While not 100% perfect, I think this place will work well for me.
The midwives are fairly hands off in that they don't do any u/s themselves and don't do doppler until after 10 weeks. They don't do checks unless the person requests them (so they don't ask). She said I could come back in 2 weeks for the doppler or I could just come back in 4. I decided to come back in 4 since they are an hour away. They don't do dating u/s unless the mom has zero clue of her period or has really irregular cycles. So no numbers and no pics to share, which I'm okay with. I'd rather have care that's fairly hands off than care that goes overboard and "finds" problems where there are none.
My favorite part: They do not use the blood pressure machine cuff there. I will always have a nurse hand check my blood pressure! One of my biggest issues with Aiden is gone!
My second favorite part: She recommended I get a doula and that next appointment, if I'm interested, she'll give me names and numbers of those that she's worked with before. Now I've just gotta work on DH with this.