Re: Anyone refuse pap smears/vaginal exams during pregnancy?
My midwives were also very happy to do no vaginal checks. I had one check the day before my due date, and I actually had to talk the midwife into it! (She said, "I firmly believe that babies will be born without any vaginal exams.") Even during labor I only had one check to make sure I was ready to push.
I recommend midwifery care so highly if good midwives are available to you. It's a completely different model than with the OB/gyn - it's designed to empower you and keep you in control of what's happening with your body.