Post # 1
I’m currently in my first pregnancy, but under the care of my reproductive specialist for the next few weeks. After, I will hopefully be released to my regular obgyn. Prior to getting pregnant, I was seeing a one woman practice for my annual gyn visits. I really liked the doctor and the staff. However, I’m more than a little concerned about what happens when it comes time to deliver – what if she’s on vacation or delivering another baby or any other sort of instance. I mean, she’s only one lady, she can’t be on call 24-7 to deliver babies.
I’ve had several people recommend me to a practice that has 4 doctor and 5 midwives. I find the idea of a midwife very interesting and I would like to look more into that. HOwever, I’ve heard that when you’re seeing a larger practice, you don’t always see your doctor (or midwife) and that any of them could deliver your baby.
Can anyone provide any insight or help with this? Thanks!!
Post # 3
I like the large group practice, because as you said one doc may not be available (vacation, sick, etc.) My practice has 5 OB’s. You are required to see all of them at least once throughout the pregnancy, so that way you are familiar with each of them since as you said, you don’t know who will be available the day you deliver!
Post # 4
I go to a group practice, and like @Jenn23: I see all the doctors at least once before delivery so it’s not a stranger coming in to the room. Luckily for me, I like all the doctors that I’ve met in the practice so far. There are pros and cons to each type of practice, but I read that it’s pretty rare for a OB/GYN to have a one doc practice anymore because of the issues that you’re concerned with. Along with the liability insurance costs/overhead/etc, I think it just makes more sense for doctors to be part of a practice. GL in making a decision!
Post # 5
I think the larger practice group is generally better for the reasons you mentioned. I would prefer someone that my doctor knows and is comfortable with to a random hospital doctor.
However when you get into that group you should quiz your doctor about the % of births he is able to make. You also may want to see if you can meet the other doctors.
My doctor said that he makes about 80% of the births. However his practice is large enough that at all times 2 of them are on call at the hospital the group is affiliated with. So you will always be taken care of. I felt pretty good about that.
Post # 6
However when you get into that group you should quiz your doctor about the % of births he is able to make. You also may want to see if you can meet the other doctors. Great suggestion @iRun2004:!! I will definately ask that question!
Thanks for the feedback, girls. I think I will change to the group practice vs the one woman deal.