Post # 1
So, it’s my first pregnancy…I made a first intake appt at one OB office as I want a midwife and that clinic has a wide selection of midwives, a few of which except my plan and who I read good things about…but then I decided to ask for a few referrals from friends….so far no one has recommended anyone however I did get an email from on of my nursing instructors saying she’d be glad to be my midwife…at first I was tickled but then she explained that she typically only does the Virtual OB thing, since her offices are across the bridge on an ilsand away from the hospital. Basically she described it as that for the regular amount of visits you expect during a pregnancy, I would only actually come to her office for half of those, the other half, we would video chat and I would provide her with my vitals/bp, and even the fetal heart rate as I will have a portable doppler.
Does this sound like a bad idea for someone going through their first pregnancy? What do you think?
Post # 3
@fresitachulita: I would not do this. As someone going through my first pregnancy I prefer feeling connected with my dr. How is she monitoring you for UTIs? (You provide a urine sample at each visit. Many pregnant women do not even realize of they have one.) What if you have cramping or bleeding? I can swing into the office and be seen within an hour. Towards the end you’re going regularly to get measured. Personally I am not interested in this type of medical care.
Post # 4
@fresitachulita: Ugh, no way! Maybe for baby 2 or 3 or 5, but I am CRAZY paranoid about baby #1! I don’t know what’s normal and what’s not, and I need a real person at my doctor’s appointments to feel secure!
Post # 5
Nope, I wouldn’t use a virtual OB. Besides, it seems like you’re paying someone else when you’re actually doing the work…
Post # 6
Agree with PPs…wouldn’t do it. Might be nice to have someone who would do virtual consults for advice and such (as a favor), but I prefer my medical care to be in person…especially with the pregnancy.
Post # 7
I’m glad I was able to see my provider in person. I also liked that I was able to be scheduled at least once with every midwife in the practice so whoever happened to be on call when I went into labor was someone I had already met.
I can see the accessibility of a “virtual” provider being really great if you have a situation pop up that you don’t need to be seen for (like I caught one hell of a cold while pregnant but couldn’t take any over the counter medicine for it, so I had to take off of work and actually go see a doctor).
Post # 8
Thanks everyone, I agree. I’ve decided against it. Apparently she provides test sticks for urine and all that but I feel like I need a bit more hand holding, because it’s my first….and I agree I’ts kinda like doing someone elses job…I want someone taking care of me the traditional way.