Congratulations on your pregnancy! Now that you are pregnant, you will find yourself in need of a good OB/GYN. It is important to choose the right one because you will be seeing him or her increasingly often over the next nine months. You want to feel comfortable and know you will be in the right hands when the baby is delivered. Here are some tips for choosing your OB/GYN.
The first thing you want to do is ask friends or family who live near you and recently had babies about their doctors. Few people can recommend a doctor like a patient, and you know you can trust the reviews of your loved ones. Ask what they did or did not like about their doctor, and what you should expect from the physician. This is typically the best way to find a few good options near you.
Talk to Your Insurance Company
It isn’t worth making an appointment or getting excited about a doctor if they aren’t covered by your insurance plan. Check your insurer’s website to see what doctors are in your network. You can also call the doctor’s office to ask if they accept your insurance. This can be a good way to rule some options out or find doctors in your area.
After you have a few doctors you think you could like, check their online profiles. Typically, the hospital or clinic page will have a profile about the doctor discussing where they went to school and how long they’ve been working. You can also check their social media pages, like this Gilbert Webb LinkedIn professional profile.
After you found one you think you could like, make an appointment. At this appointment it is critical to ask questions about what is most important to you. For example, if the doctor is more into natural births and you want pain medication, this may not be a good fit. You need to ask their opinions on IVs, epidurals and inducing labor. Also, you should find out where they have admitting privileges so you can know where you will be delivering. There are no such things as silly questions, especially during your first appointment, so ask away!
Assess How You Feel
After your appointment, assess how you feel. Did you feel comfortable during that appointment? Will you look forward to your appointments over the next nine months? If, for some reason, you did not feel comfortable with the situation, it is okay to change physicians. What is most important is that you are comfortable.
Finding an OB/GYN that fits with you and your baby is an important decisions. Use these steps to find someone you will feel the most comfortable and compatible with!