You will want to interview any providers to ask those tough questions: What is your cesarean rate? What is your induction rate? Are you comfortable with me going to (or past) 42 weeks in this pregnancy? Who will attend my birth if you are unavailable? How do you feel about laboring or birthing in different positions? You may even want to ask, “Do you have any vacations planned near my 40 weeks?”
You may have to interview several before you find the person you are comfortable and confident with attending your birth and is aligned with your ideals and birth wishes. If they refuse to commit to an answer or are vague, that may be a red-flag. Remember…your provider is your employee. You are not required to stay with them if you are uncomfortable at any point in your pregnancy. It can be difficult, but changing providers may be just what you need to be in a better place for your wishes.