Post # 1
So i’ve been seeing a reproductive endocrinologist for the past two years. But honestly, I have no need to see such a specialist and am ready to switch back to a regular gynecologist by August (when i’m due for my yearly).
However, whoever I pick now will, ideally, end up caring for me during pregnancy and being my obstetrician in less than two years. So, I’d really like to pick a good one =]
How do you go about finding a doctor that fits your needs? I know there are review website and I’ve been pulling up lists of doctors in uhc.com. But how do you REALLY find the best fit when you’re thinking about a doctor you want when you have kids? I could always go back to my first doctor–but honestly, I don’t know if she’s who i’d want as an obstetrician, delivering my baby.
Post # 3
I only go to new doctors based on recommendations of people I trust. I would ask around among close friends who have had babies… and also ask your Primary Care Physician if there is someone he/she would refer you to. Before making an appointment don’t forget to confirm that the new doc accepts your insurance!
Post # 4
I found my gynecologist by asking my friends who they see. In your case maybe you can talk to some friends who already have kids. They will be able to provide good feedback about the OB/GYN that they see.
Post # 5
I found my doctor by asking my boss if he could ask around for everyone’s spouse’s recommendations of their own doctors. I’m military, so I usually don’t need to go doctor shopping, but I actually think it’s a really great way to find a doctor because the recommendations come from real people close to you who know the doctor and the hospital they have priveleges at. Maybe you could ask around at work and see who everyone else is using? Anyone have babies recently that you could ask?
Post # 6
Um yeah none of my friends have had babies. In fact, some of my friends don’t even see an obgyn because they don’t use birth control or anything.
Oh, and I work with only men. So, i won’t be asking who their wives see =]
Also, nobody with recent babies. Except maybe my SIL but she lives a solid 30 minutes away
I’m pretty much starting with a blank slate
Post # 7
In addition to asking friends for recommendations I’ve found the ratemds website to be extremely helpful. This is how I found my OB/GYN who I plan on having deliver my babies when it’s time. Reviews are great for narrowing down your list. I think you won’t really know if a physician will be a good fit until you meet him/her in person, if even just for a consultation. Good luck!
Post # 8
I like Moose’s suggestion of asking your current dr for who they would recommend. Could the endocrinologist that you see now give you any names? Or even your regular family dr? I’m always amazed at how dr’s network and how many people they know.
If none of that works, you can call the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists at (202) 638-5577 to get names of board certified ob-gyn’s in your area. Just make sure that the dr’s that you go to talk to (cause I would for sure at least meet with them first!) are in your insurance network. 🙂
Post # 9
I found mine by just asking around through friends. I don’t know where you live in St Louis, but I go through Women’s Health services at St. Anthony’s hospital in South County. It is the most comfortable easy going office and my OBGYN is amazing.
Post # 10
Have you considered looking for a midwife instead? In the practice that I have been in for a few years, they were so busy (most are) that you saw a nurse practitioner for your annual and only saw a GYN/OB if you were pregnant. So, in a practice like that you still wouldn’t be building a rapport with the person who would be delivering your baby. Midwives have the advantage (or disadvantage, depending on how you look at it) of not being trained surgeons. They treat birth as healthy and normal part of life. Birth centers (which are ran by midwives) normally do well women care for non-pregnant women so if you find one in your area you could schedule your annual there and check it out.
Post # 11
Ok so I did find a really great hospital in St Louis with an AMAZING birthing ward. Top 50 hospital in the U.S. and the ONLY one in Missouri. So I’m going to try to get in with one of doctors on that list. I found one with incredible reviews but she seems pretty busy so we’ll see. It looks like a great hospital though and it’s quite close to my house (<15 min). Thanks for the tips! =]
Post # 12
Did you ask your endocrinologist for a referral? If you don’t have family/friends to count on, and you trust your current specialist, I would ask them who they would refer you to…It might be an easier process than just looking through a list of Dr.s…
Post # 13
Yeah i probably could’ve called him, but I did some searching around–found the hospital I like here that offers private maternity suites and flexible birth plans and stuff (basically a flexible woman’s ward) and it’s a top 50 hospital so I searched for information on their obgyns and picked one with good ratings. I checked a moms in st louis type board and she had, literally, rave reviews. So, we’lll see =]. I’ll know in august!
Post # 14
I’m a physician and found mind because I asked around and all the labor and delivery nurses go to him. The best people for recommendations are labor and delivery nurses- they work with all of them. If you know any, ask. If you don’t, and you don’t mind being weird, you could visit (pretend you’re visiting a friend) and ask.
Post # 15
i have been going to the same gyno for 8 years, she was recommended by my mom. i thought she was awesome before, but i’m finding she doesn’t fit all of my needs for an obgyn. luckily she is part of a large practice, and they’re all women (which is important to me!) so i can see whoever i want within the practice. when she doesn’t have answers for me (mainly about migraines during pregnancy) i just ask for the doctor who does know. if you have anything that you’re worried about like that, i would call around and see how knowledgable the doctors are on the subject.
Post # 16
I agree with what ecoastrunner83 said. You can look for a midwife, an Ob-Gyn, or a family practice doc. Have you asked your family practice physician if they do gynecology and deliveries? Some of them provide the full spectrum of women’s health care. Also, there are many midwives that work in hospitals, so if you choose a midwife you can still deliver in a hospital. The only reason that you would need to see an OB instead of a midwife or family practice doc is if you’re high risk or you would like to plan a c-section.