Choosing a Doctor ?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
Member
866 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@blondie_bride:  Unless your doc cannot be in the office, he/she will do all of your prenatal visits.  Sometimes they have a nurse practitioner who works with them that can fill in.  It is good to get to know and be happy with all the doctors in the practice because they might end up covering should your delivery happen at a bad time (ie:doc is out of town or sick).  I would ask around to other women who have given birth in your area to find out who they recommend.  If you have any friends in the medical field who have a connection to OB, find out who they recommend.  They will be your best resource for getting a great doctor.

 

ETA: Are you still in Walled Lake or somwhere else in Michigan.  This is hilarious, but if you still aren’t far from Detroit I might can give you a recommendation.

 

Post # 4
Member
7098 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Generally I think most people stick with their regular OB for pregnancy too, but you can switch any time if you prefer. I plan on switching because I will be high risk and there is a Mayo-affiliated hospital 20 minutes from here.

Post # 5
Member
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@blondie_bride:  I picked out my OB/GYN before TTC because I wanted to establish a relationship with them.  That said, since it’s a practice with multiple OBs, While I am usually able to choose to see my doctor, I sometimes see other doctors at the practice when I have an emergency.  Thankfully I like them and it’s a good thing because you aren’t guaranteed to have your treating OB at your delivery.  It depends on the rotation and whether they are available.  He has already assured me that he will see me for all regularly scheduled appointments throughout my pregnancy; emergency appointments would be with whomever is available.

As for hospital.  Yes, my dcotor delivers at two hospitals but he has a personal preference for one of them over the other so he encourages you to deliver at the one he prefers.  You know which hospital way ahead of time so you can pre-register a few weeks/months before you’re due to give birth.

Post # 8
Member
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@blondie_bride:  If you are worried about the locaiton of the hospital you may want to find out which OB/GYNs practice at that hospital first and then select from those doctors.  However, sometimes it’s worth driving if there is a better hospital with more NICU resources less than an hour away.  I am spoiled because there are two great hospitals within 15 minutes of my office and home and pretty much all of the OBs in the area have privileges at one or the other.

Post # 10
Member
866 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@blondie_bride:  Let me check with my hubs.  He’s from Westland and his cousin practices out that way.  I am not sure where her practice is though.  I will PM you when I find out.

Post # 13
Member
3360 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

If you have particular hospitals you’d prefer, I’d suggest you start there and find out which practices they work with.  This is my plan – I’ll likely be moving right around the time we start TTC, so I’ll be looking for new practicioners at this time.  I prefer to work with a midwife, so I’ll be researching hospitals that are midwife-friendly (and have policies that go along with my own birth-philosophy), and then I’ll contact the midwifery practices that have practice rights at my chosen hospital.

Good luck!

Post # 14
Member
1849 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

  No worries! How far away is your old doctor? If they’re in the same state, or not too far, your old doctor may have some recommendations. I don’t know if you have anyone in your new town that you’d feel comfortable asking for recommendations, but that is a possibility. I found my OBGYN through my doctor. I knew what hospital I wanted to deliver at, so I asked for recommendations that would deliver there. I’ve been really happy so far :-).

  I hope this somewhat helps! Good luck with your search!

 

Leave a comment


Sent weekly. You may unsubscribe at any time.

Find Amazing Vendors