I am 24 weeks pregnant with my first baby. I am young, only 18, and so far I have been taking very good care of myself but I have not been receiving checkups from the doctor. I have done research and I very much want a natural birth and to breastfeed for at least two years after the birth.

My first appointment is with a doctor, to get a scan and make sure the baby is alright. I am very nervous, but I feel in my heart that everything is OK. I was wondering what some of the differences are between receiving care from a midwife and receiving care from a doctor? Do you think a midwife would be willing to see a patient my age, this far along without previous care?