Finding just the right care provider for you isn't a choice that should be made lightly. The attitude your care provider brings to your birth will greatly affect your experience. First you should ask yourself if you would prefer a midwife or an OB for your follow-ups, and where you want to give birth (in a hospital, in a birth center or at home). Always leave the option open for a hospital birth, because in some situations, you will be unable to birth in a birthing center or at home, or you might need to be transferred, so it is best to keep an open mind.
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Think about all these questions and write down what you would like. Write down where you are flexible and where you aren't.
Bring this list to the first appointment with your care provider and ask him about his views. You will quickly grasp his openness to your ideas. If he isn't open for a dialogue, it is best find someone else.
Feeling confident and 'clicking' with your midwife and OB is infinately more important than giving birth in the hospital you gave birth in last time around.