I'm not alone in this. Thanks to the mom.life app, I can now see other women's experiences when going to their prenatal appointments. Many of them have complained about not seeing their doctor as often as they should, and how someone else (another doctor or nurse practitioner) comes in to see them.
We were waiting on the ultrasound tech, baby J is 4lbs 13oz
I had a prenatal appointment today. And well, I personally haven't seen my doctor that often, mainly because when I found out I was expecting (I was about 6 weeks along), it took FOREVER for my prenatal insurance to go through. I didn't get my first prenatal appointment with him until I was 17 weeks. But before that (at 11 weeks along), I found a place that did free ultrasounds.
Anyway, so far, I have seen the nurse practitioner 4 times, and I have seen my doctor about 6 times. Although I LOVE the nurse practitioner and the rest of the staff, I WOULD prefer to see my doctor each time. After all, he is the one who will be delivering my son (well, he would be if we weren't choosing a home birth), and he is who I need to build a relationship with. Plus, he's a really good doctor. If we as patients don't have much of an opportunity to build a relationship with our doctors, when we go into labor, we'll basically have a stranger delivering our babies.
When I was pregnant with my daughter, I had a midwife. I never saw anybody except her. She even made home visits. She would even call me just for the hell of it to see how I was doing. Unfortunately, there are no midwives in the area I'm in (well, except one) and insurance doesn't pay for midwives here. I've never heard of such a thing. Many women choose midwives and doulas, because the relationship their patients are way more personal.