Changing Doctors Midpregnancy/Vent

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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3677 posts
Sugar bee

Planned Parenthood is legally required to release your records to you (and you  can bring them to your appointment with your new doctor) or to release them to your new provider with your authorization. (If they are generally bad about doing things in a timely way, it’s probably smart for you to go get them yourself).

If you are interested in working with a birth center, I would call them and see about how their system works and what will be the easiest way for you to work with them. Many of them do all-in-one billing (i.e. they don’t bill the insurance for individual visits, they just bill a lump sum at the end after you give birth). By that time your coverage should be in place, so it might not be a problem at all.

And don’t worry about switching – lots of women do it all the time, for lots of reasons. Obviously the earlier you can do it, the better, so you have more time to get to know your care provider, but lots of women go through most of their pregnancy with one doctor, and then, as birth gets closer, they start to be uncomfortable about whether that person will respect their birth plans, help them have the unmedicated/non- or low-intervention birth they hope for, and so they switch late in the game. You will be fine.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@michelledarlenehiggins:  Just throwing in my two cents here, I would totally recommend that YOU ask for your records and bring them with you to your new doctor (I agree with PP, go ahead and call the birthing center to see what you need to do to get in with them. I know the one around me allows for you to go to little meet and greets with the midwives/doulas.) But anyway, I worked at a doctor’s office and I have definitely seen how long it can take for the office to send over your medical records. Most of the time, it gets shoved on the back burner, and forgotten about until someone calls screaming about not having their records sent over. Good luck and I hope you get your card in soon!

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I had to change doctors at 30 weeks because my ex was transferred. No problems.

Post # 6
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3677 posts
Sugar bee

One other thing: a couple of really great resources (especially for first-time moms!) are Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin and The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer and Rhonda Wheeler. They don’t have much info related to insurance questions, but they have a ton of great information on the process of birth, what to expect, and how to navigate and negotiate your health care and labor support. Rebecca Dekker’s Evidence Based Birth blog also has lots of sound, up-to-date information on the research around birth, interventions, and care practices.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you get a copy of your records to give to your new provider, be sure to make a photocopy and keep one for youself.  Mine were lost and/or not entered when I transferred, and I had to do all the same tests over again.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Hi, I went through something similar in Texas. I was even more panicked because I had spotting at 5.5 weeks and I didn’t get to see a real OBGYN till 13 weeks. Then it was a male and I wanted a female; I’m 16 weeks yesterday and just got to see the doctor who I’m going with to deliver my baby. IDK how Cali works, but in TX we can go to the ER even before our insurance card comes in. The insurance is retroactive from the date you applied here, so even without my card my ER visit was covered. Maybe you could go in and just say you’re cramping or something and they will give you a full checkup at the ER, and you’ll get to see a real doctor and get blood work and maybe even an U/S done. I did go to the ER when spotting, and it really gave me some peace of mind until I was able to see an OB. PP will give your info to the OB you go to, you can just hand carry your records or fill out a medical release form for your doctor to get the info. Same thing if you decide to go to the ER. My doctor wouldn’t see my until they got all my records from the prior places I visited (PP and ER). 

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

@NonParloItaliano:  Completely disagree. People using the ER as a primary care provider is one of the leading contributors in climbing health care costs. ERs aren’t meant to be used that way, they are meant for actual emergencies and you are taking away from those that actually need emergent care when you go there.

OP: I have to ask are we talking about insurance or medical assistance going through. If it is insurance that you are waiting to kick that is an absolute given then I would say switch now. If it is medical assistance I would keep going to PP until you are sure medical assistance is going to pick you up.  PP is usually much more cost efficient and I would hate for you to start racking up huge medical bills. In the mean time is there a manager or some one you can speak with to get etter care there?

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@ieatunicorns:  

I don’t agree either, but my OB refused to see me until I got my insurance card, and they actually told me to go to the ER.  There are all sorts of issues with the healthcare system, IMO.  I tried to ask my OB and tell them I felt that was unethical for them to refuse me care knowing I had insurance and she basiclly shut me down. I contacted the insurance co and they also urged me to go to the ER.  Are you pregnant, just out of curiosity?  I didn’t feel like I had a choice once I started spotting. If you a pregnant and the current provider you are seeing can’t provide proper care and do time sensitive tests required throughout pregnancy, and your OB won’t see you, there isn’t really much of a choice. I was also surprised both the doctor and insurance company wanted me to go to the ER, not only is it more expensive, it’s inconsiderate to the people having serious emergencies. OP really does need to get these tests done and see a real doctor by this point in her pregnancy though, there is a window in which they can be done and once you’re past a certain week in your pregnancy it’s too late. 

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