Post # 1
So I have an obgyn that I’ve been to once. She was pretty abrupt. I wasn’t planning to go back to her, but now I’m pregnant and wasn’t sure where else to go. DH and I are buying our first home and should be moving in a month. Since we’re moving out of the town he works in, our “in network” providers could change. It depends on the distance, and we’re right on the edge, so I don’t know yet. If I we can change areas, I’d like to use a specific hospital as they promote a woman making her own decisions and having a birth plan. They are also one of the best hospitals in this part of the country for breastfeeding, which is important to me.
How did you find your obgyn? Did you continue to see your normal dr, or end up with a different dr to follow your pregancny and be there for delivery?
Post # 3
2 different Coworker’s recommendations. I also know a nurse (my friendor wedding coordinator) in maternity ward who gave me thumbs up on her. I see a number of practictioners and met my OB only once. Because of Kaiser plan, my OB may or may not be there when I give birth but since she’s low on the totem pole and taking a lot of hours she most likely will be there.
Post # 4
For my regular GYN, I asked a friend. Now pretty much all of my friends go to her. It’s pretty funny.
If/when I get pregnant, I am thinking about switching because I want to deliver at a specific hospital, and my current doctor is not affiliated with that hospital. I will again ask friends and check out local parenting message boards.
Post # 5
If you have a state wide plan, the providers should be the same, unless he is going to a different insurance plan.
I mostly have found doctors through my insurance plan. You could always go to this doctor right now if you need to see someone and then go somewhere else for your next check.
Post # 6
Hi. I’m a doula and I always tell moms that if they don’t feel comfortable in any way with their ob, then they shouldn’t continue seeing them. You should have very clear thoughts about what you want your birth experience to be and stick with them. Some moms are 100% against epidurals or drugs, some are open to anything. The thing is, some doctors will push what they think is best on you when it is not what you agreed you wanted and it may not be medically necessary. In any case, I’d make my wishes CRYSTAL clear far ahead of the birth. It might be good to contact a birth doula in your area to get a reference for a doctor. Doulas understand moms and have worked with all kinds with different birth experiences, they can relay which doctors are good or not.
Post # 7
I went to about 6 or 7 different OB/GYNs before I found one I liked. (It was ridiculous, but the doctor I finally found is fantastic.) I am not pregnant (nor have I been), but I would never go to someone to help me give birth to my baby if I don’t even like them checking out my cha-cha.
Post # 8
My situation is bizarre to say the least… My OB/Gyn is a family friend. I used to baby sit his kids. His wife is one of my mother’s best friends and they are invited to our wedding. My OB/GYN is just awesome and I could never have anyone but him deliver our children.
Post # 9
DH’s insurance plan basically has plan A and plan B. A is if you are within 28 mile radius, then your “in network” providers are anyone within that 28 mile radius. B is if you live outside the radius, someone anyone outside teh 28 miles is “in network”. It’s stupid and the house we are buying is literally 27.9 miles out.
Anyway, I would be willing to continue to use the same office, or at least to meet the other drs and the two midwives there, but I’m nervous about the hospital they are affiliated with. It has a high c-section rate. That might be because of the higer number of high risk pregnancies, but I’m not sure.
As long as my baby and I are safe, I know that I want to be able to move around, skip the IV, have no drugs, and labor/give birth in whatever position I want to. I don’t want an episiotomy either.
The hospital that I’d like to go to has a very relaxed atmosphere while still being state of the art. They have birthing tubs and encourage you to write a birth plan. There whole approach is much more in tune with what I want, which figures since the town is a mostly liberal hippie-ish town. I love it!
I guess I will figure out if where our “in network” providers are, and go from there. If we can use the other hospital, I’ll try to make some calls and just meet some different doctors.
Did you get charged a copay to just meet/consult with an obgyn?