(Closed) Choosing an OBGYN

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I just went to the OB in my gynecologist’s practice for my first pregnancy, and in my current (2nd) pregnancy, I’m in a new area, so I just looked for someone in my insurance network who is affiliated with the hospital where I want to deliver. 

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

hopefloats:  I have been going to the same OBGYN office for years and I just knew that this would be the practice that delivers my baby. They don’t treat yu like you are some number in the computer, they treat you like a real person.

My OB office has a full staff of midwives who I am currently seeing. I actually like her more than my OB. She is way more personable and encourages me to csll her. I have terrible anxiety and she doesn’t make me feel bad or ignore my feelings which is important for me bc I am embarrassed of my anxiety and fears.

i also think its important that they are affiliated with a good medical facility/hospital.

also, I think its important for them to not push anything on you (i.e. push you to havr a c section). This happened to my SIL and it made her delivery very stressful. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - NH

Look for someone who is in your network who can practice at a hospital that you are comfortable going to.  If you don’t know the hospitals, I would check them out first (whether or not they have a NICU, birthing tubs if you are looking for them).  Look up the OBGYNs associated with that hospital online to see if they have board complaints against them as well, and even check out things like yelp reviews.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

hopefloats:  Does your area have a website or listserve or FB page? In the DC area there is the DC Urban Mom website. Also, my neighborhood has a FB page. So go there any see what people are saying.

One thing I didnt realize is that many OB’s dont have sonagrams on site. So you end up having to go to a lab or radiology center then go to to your OB’s. So 2 appts. If you just need the 3-4 normal sonograms, it might not be a problem. But if you have problems and need more than the normal amount, then it might be an issue. 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Also, find out the hospitals in your area and what their NICU ratings are. I’m lucky that the closest hospital to me is the highest level NICU. This may not be an issue for you, but I’d hate to be in a position where you need to be in a higher level NICU and your OB isnt able to deliver there. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I found someone who took my insurance, lived close to my area, and had really good reviews. Depending on what hospitals you want to have the baby at plays a big factor in finding an obgyn. We thought that our ob worked with a hospital where my fmil had her kids at but later find out at the appt that it didn’t but we ended up with them anyways because we liked what the hospital offered. The hospital that I had my son let me have my fiance stay the night we me. The other hospital where my fmil had her kids don’t allow dad to stay the night so that was nice. Some hospital don’t allow this . The hospital also would do anything humanely possible to avoid c-sections. I ended up with a c-section but that was technically by choice.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

hopefloats:  Mine was a stroke of luck that I got such a wonderful one.  I had picked out a gyneocologist and then found out I was pregnant two months later, well it turned out she didn’t do pregnancy and directed me to another doctor who is now is my OB/GYN.  I love her, she was so wonderful in pregnancy and is wonderful now that I’m no longer pregnant.  I didn’t feel like just a patient, she listened to my problems and issues and explained things to me.  Very friendly, and didn’t treat me like a moron.  

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