We live in a country area and are currently trying for our first child. Assuming all goes well and I am pregnant (I have a good feeling and my temperature keeps going up!)I have some questions about my care. The facilities available in my area are quite good, though the local hospital has a fairly high rate of caesarean which does not impress me, and I would be a public patient but I would prefer to have a home birth if I can find a private midwife. I would prefer to have private midwife care but am not sure if this will be available and I am a unsure about where to start. I don`t want to get caught up in the hospital system.
When do I need to see someone and what can I request be done/ not done? I would like an ultrasound at around 12 weeks and a nuchal fold test but other than that would prefer not to have too much medical intervention.
I am unsure what `needs` to be done and what my rights are. Can I request just midwife care? Basically I would prefer to be allowed to have a natural pregnancy and birth without anyone trying to tell me I need to be induced or that I might need this or that and I would like to know where I stand.
I would greatly appreciate your input.