Some women spend days, or even weeks searching for a healthcare provider that they feel comfortable with whereas others will find them on the first try. Your doctor may actually be a great gynecologist but has a different view when it comes to birth or doesn’t practice obstetrics.
There are many reasons why your gynecologist may not be the healthcare provider you go with. Here are tips to help choose the right ob or midwife:
Ask your friends
To narrow down your search, make sure that you research on each one of them. And if you want to deliver at a specific hospital, make sure that you go with a doctor who has a relationship with the facility.
Decide on the provider
It is important that you think about the benefits of the practitioner who will be there for you during your pregnancy and make a decision of the midwife or Ob based on that. If you have a high-risk pregnancy, you will find that it is best to hire an Ob/Gyn and deliver in a good hospital.
When your health care provider is in a large practice, you will often end up with whoever will be on the phone. Your own health care provider will help you deliver in a small practice. If you have any preexisting medical condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure, make sure that you mention it. And if you’ve previously had C-section, you may want to inquire about vaginal births after c-section since some hospitals don’t offer such operations because of insurance reasons.
Compatibility is very important
You want to be at ease when asking your practitioner questions, and feel like they are concerned about your pregnancy and overall health. You may also want to ensure that you feel like the practitioner is interested in providing you reasonable answers to your questions.