Post # 1
Can anyone offer any advice on how to find a new OB/GYN? Mine retired when I was 8 months pregnant (without notice) and I wanted to find a new doctor before I planned on getting pregnant with my 2nd child. I had the same doctor since I was 13 so I never had to search for one.
Also, does anyone know how that works with insurance? I’m not due for an annual until December but would like to start trying for baby #2 after the summer.
Post # 3
I’d ask your friends so you get a good word of mouth reference. Also, if you know anyone that works in the field, they often have the inside scoop and can tell you who’s good and who has the crazy partner who might be on call. As for insurance, my company has a website that lists all their covered providers – I’m assuming yours does too? Good luck!
Post # 4
@roxy821: I would ask my friends for recommendations. Actually, I found my current one by calling the hospital and speaking to a nurse in a related office (she is the nurse at the high risk drs office). I asked who she recommended and she gave me a few practices and then indicated that all the people she worked with see this certain doctor. I went with that doctor and I LOVE her!
Post # 5
@zoeygirl- Wish I had more mommy friends lol. I don’t have a problem finding someone who is covered by my insurance, but didn’t know if they would cover a consultantion or something like that. I think I would like to meet the doctor before I got pregnant and then had to start searching.
@mamadingdong- That’s a great idea. Thank you. Did you just wait until you were pregnant and had to go for your first visit or did you meet with them before getting pregnant?
Post # 6
I found mine by asking my two mommy friends. One of their recommendations was a hit! He’s WONDERFUL. I’d asked long before we got pregnant, just in a “hey, nothing’s happening yet, but if it were to happen, who should I see? Who did you see? Who do you like?” then we waited until we were past the 1st trimester to thank that friend for her recommendation. Ha! I didn’t call anyone until we were pregnant.
Like you, I’d had my annual in early Jan but got pregnant in April. They didn’t need to do a new annual or anything, just asked if there was anything to know about anything before moving forward. I let them know the few things they’d need to know in a general medical history way, and they said my next annual will likely be covered during my post-natal care visits.
Post # 7
With insurance – my carrier has a website you can go to and see who is included in your plan. I would start there and then look at the most convenient hospital and then just google review on them. You can get a lot of information from reviews!!!
Post # 8
Honestly, I don’t know many mommy friends so I just did a ton of Google research. We have a lot of OBGYNs in our area. I narrowed it down to which hospital I wanted to deliver out (to vet out doctors who didn’t have privileges there) and then which OBGYNs were covered under my insurance (which is nearly all of them). Then I did a lot of research on mommy forums (for my area) and online reviews. I also read their online bios to see which one “resonated” with me.
The one I ended up picking had a long waiting list for new patients and I had to wait 3 months to go to my first appointment for my annual exam. Then after that, I got PG and it was much easier bc 1) I was already PG and 2) she was already my doctor. My doctor is part of a larger practice and many of them have rave reviews. I love my OB and she’s very supportive and has similar views as me with regards to childbirth, vaccines, etc.
I did this for my dentist and GP and it worked out great actually. DH is more into the referrals by friends/family route and it doesn’t always work out as well (e.g. he ended up at my GP because all of his referrals weren’t very good).
Post # 9
@roxy821: I had an np that I saw for years. I made the switch once I found out I was pregnant. It may be nice to find one now and have a pre-conception physical. Good luck!
Post # 10
I got recommendations from friends who had recently had babies. I had to switch practices once before I found someone I like. I definitely advise you to ask around if possible.