I know many women here have complained about comments they’ve gotten from their OB/GYNs regarding questioning their birth control use… so, on the flipside, I want to share my very positive experience at my annual appointment this morning!
My doctor is probably in his mid-60s, not NFP-only, but overall a pretty gentle person. I’ve actually only seen him 2-3 times over the past 7 years I’ve gone to their office (mostly saw the Nurse Practitioners or Midwives over the years)… and I was a little disappointed for this visit because I heard that recently all the Midwives had left. Not sure why… but anyway that was my perspective going into the appointment…
When he first came in he looked through my chart, asked about my kids, and in flipping through my chart (because it’s mentioned in there), asked “Still using Natural Family Planning?” and I said, “Oh yeah, it’s working out just perfectly for us.” No other questions asked. Actually, he went on to ask if we wanted more kids! I said, “Yeah, hopefully - eventually - right now we’re waiting a bit”.
Then he continued to chat and mentioned that his own daughter has 3 kids and is a bit jealous of her own girlfriends, some of whom are pregnant with their 4th, but her husband feels done with 3. Then he gave me a “reading list” (it’s his shtick - he must be an avid reader - he gives a list of a few books to all his patients just for fun)… and that was it!
So, I left with an awesome feeling - and now I feel totally fine that the midwives aren’t there anymore - I should have been seeing this guy all along!
Anyway - so there’s a little positive experience for your Monday morning!