What do you do when your favorite OB moves or quits?
In my fifth pregnancy my favorite OB (she was in a group practice) announced she was leaving the practice, in fact leaving obstetrics all together, to just practice gynecology. I was floored. She delivered our first and our fourth babies and was with me through my first miscarriage. I think we bonded through the miscarriage because I lost a lot of blood and she thought she was going to lose me. I always saw her for my OB checkups, even though one of her colleagues could deliver.
I think her announcement propelled me to look more at home births. I tried another OB practice at her recommendation. I tried a family practice and finally decided I was not going to find another Dr. like her. I was seriously attached to this doctor and it took a long time to get over losing her. She "got" me or at least tolerated my ideas. She always gave her opinion and wasn't afraid to do so but let me make the final decision for myself.
Have you ever lost a favorite doctor? How did you react? What did you do to get over it?
The nurses I could take them or leave them. I hated hospital protocols. There was actually one nurse who didn't give me grief over nursing my baby in bed and she told me to do what I do at home...though she indicated she was in a little aw of me as that was our fifth child.
There are so many factors that make a birth it's hard to pin point any one thing. Obviously I got over not having my favorite OB and there are good nurses and bad. I just wish the ones whose hearts are no longer in nursing would retire. They are a disgrace to the profession of nursing, unfortunately. :(