I made it crystal clear through conversation and a written birth plan that I wanted a natural childbirth, but Dr. Love DID NOT TELL ME that natural childbirth and a quick hospital release would be impossible for me, because I was a strep carrier. His office had this info in advance, but he didn't share it with me until I was in the hospital, in labor. I had to have an IV and receive penicillin throughout my entire labor, hindering movement, and we had to stay an extra 2 days in the hospital after birth for observation due to this, as well. None of this was communicated to us, despite the fact that Dr. Love had signed off on my birth plan well in advance of delivery.\r
In regards to safety: My labor did not occur naturally, and was several days overdue when I (NOT Dr. Love) finally asked for a sonogram to see how the fetus was doing. It turned out that my fluid levels were dangerously low, so low that the baby was in danger of death or injury if I fell on my stomach. We never would have known this if I hadn't taken the initiative and myself requested a sonogram.\r
This next part is out of my personal experience, but I have to mention that my mother has been a St. Davids obstretrical nurse for years, and was a bit chagrined to hear I had chosen him (which was because of his natural childbirth reputation), because she said his C-Sections had higher than average infection rates. So if you're planning a C-Section, I'd recommend looking elsewhere.\r
I had my baby vaginally, but Dr. Love didn't deliver him, because he was on vacation.
Pros: Open to natural childbirth
Cons: Poor communication, safety and bedside manner