We have a van. That's because we have four kids. Our air conditioning went out, and with the high heat in the middle of summer, we felt it absolutely needed to be addressed. We have a mechanic a fellow teacher that works with my husband recommended. It feels like a hard thing, to find a mechanic you trust. When we picked the van up, the charges were for even less than what we were quoted, because they were able to reuse our freon. My husband has worked in a mechanic shop before, and he said, not everyone would have even bothered or cared to save our freon. We felt fortunate for the integrity of our mechanic.
Finding a provider when you are having a baby can be similar. We all want honesty. We want care practices that are based on evidence and not custom or habit. We want to trust our providers to have our best needs in mind. Many of us find this kind of care, and we are happy. When it is not there, though, it can be heart-breaking when the realization hits. We can be left feeling like the freon was good and could have been preserved, and it was dumped out and replaced unnecessarily, at our expense.
Asking friends can be a good way to find a provider. Keep in mind, though, unlike a mechanical situation with a car where there may be only one way to fix the problem, birth is a different business. When seeking advice from friends, remember a match is more likely to be made when you and your friend have similar birthing goals.
We need mechanics and we need medical providers -- they keep us running and healthy. Here's to hoping we all have both we can trust!
♥ four young boys and a boy dog (offspring)