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An NFP-only doctor is, unfortunately, a rarity. It is very difficult to make it through an OB/GYN (or family practice, or internal medicine) residency while refusing to prescribe or administer contraceptives. Not impossible, but difficult. Because of the difficulty, I think many Catholics who might choose those fields go elsewhere, to another specialty where that won't be an issue. A pro-life physician might be the best you can do. Unfortunately, most medical schools and residencies don't do an adequate job of teaching the sympto-thermal method (as NFP is known in secular circles), either. Some have started, as part of a more "holistic" kind of teaching.
OTOH, I've met many Catholics who are very defensive (not saying this is you at all!!) about this topic and become instantly offended when their physician asks about birth control or permanent sterilization. Because these are so ubiquitous in our society, most (yes, most) young women who present to their OB/GYNs office want some type of artificial birth control. More than likely (and again, I'm not commenting on your situation in particular) when a physician asks if you want permanent sterilization or what your method of birth control is going to be after the baby is born, he's not making a comment on your family size or religious beliefs, but is asking what he sees as a very straighforward, simple question. Also, if a C-section should become necessary and the woman desires a tubal ligation, it is much, much easier for the doctor to do this at the same time as the C-section-- that's why they always ask you when you're pregnant.
I look at my OB visits as an opportunity to evangelize my doctor! We need more physicians who are well-educated in NFP.
great post, as someone that works the medical field I see both sides of the field so to speak and what most people don't realize is that since what we Catholics believe is very much minority in today's society it will be very hard to find a medical practitioner that is on the same page entirely. I'm not saying it's right, but that's the unfortunate truth. :(