Post # 1
I went to my first prenatal appointment last week (8 week) with my regular OB-GYN. She’s been my doctor for about 7 or 8 years, and she delivered my friend’s baby about 5 years ago. Anyway, at the end of my appointment, she tells me that she doesn’t do the deliveries, there are 4 or 5 other doctors in that practice that do, and I will meet them towards the end of my third trimester. This struck me as odd. Why would I go to all my prenatal appointments (except for the last few) with a doctor that is definitely not delivering my baby? I know that there is usually no guarantee that your specific doctor will deliver your baby (depending upon who is available), but it just seems strange to me that I would spend all this time with a doctor that has no chance of being the one who does the delivery. Also, since I know she was doing the deliveries a few years ago, it seems especially weird. What do you all think? This is my first pregnancy so I guess I really don’t know what is “normal.” Does this seem weird or is it pretty typical? Thank you!
Post # 2
I don’t think it’s abnormal. It sounds like she’s retired from delivering babies. Mine does deliver, but the hospital network does on call rotations so it could be one of any number of doctors that actually delivers my baby and I do not get to meet them at all beforehand.
Post # 3
This is normal, as not all OBs do deliveries. I would start trying to see other doctors early in your pregnancy. You’ll feel more comfortable with them in the hospital if you meet them often at your visits. They will also be able to answer questions better because they know how things go in the hospital, whereas your doctor is more removed from that.
Post # 4
It’s not that uncommon – however, if you’re uncomfortable with it, maybe see if you can switch to another doctor in the practice? The way my practice works, I see all the practitioners at my prenatal appointments (my practice is 5 midwives and 2 OBs – I’ve actually met 3 of the midwives and one of the OBs so far, I’m not sure if I’ll meet the others in the next 10 weeks, but I don’t really care), and whoever is on call when I go into labor will deliver. It’ll most likely be one of the midwives unless I have some sort of emergency that requires an OB to step in.
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2008 - Toronto, ON
I am seeing my family DR once a month and I will not be seeing an OB until I am 5 months pregnant! 🙁 Even then there’s about 10 different OB’s I will be seeing and whoever is on call when I go into labour with be the one that delivers my baby. I have had a few scares though, so I am trying to see an OB sooner, no luck yet.
Post # 6
I think that’s actually some what common. The important part is having someone you trust care for you during your pregnancy. The delivery rarely is by your doctor even if they do deliver babies. I’m being treated by a high risk doctor and will have an OB do my delivery and ill never even meet them before hand even though I’ll be having a repeat c section.
Post # 7
Thanks everyone! I feel better knowing this is normal. Probably a good idea for me to try and meet the other doctors sooner rather than later, so I will be more comfortable.
Post # 8
I’m in the same boat! I think it will be OK. Honestly, in the moment I don’t think that I will care who is delivering!
Post # 9
I see my OB for all my prenatal appointments until the end of my second trimester when I start meeting other doctors in the practice. The doctor delivering the baby is whoever is on call at that time. I actually really liked the on call doc when I had my daughter. I hope I like whoever is there for my son’s birth in April.
Post # 10
BrooklynBee2014: Yea, that is pretty normal. at my first prenatal, my OB told me the same. I would rather build a relationship with the person who will deliver my baby, so I switched to a midwife team, so barring a family emergency, they will be at my birth.
Post # 11
I also think it’s normal. I’m guessing you are in Brooklyn? I also delivered my first in NYC, and the doctor who delivered my baby was someone I had never met before. It was absolutely fine — she knew everything she needed to know about my baby and me, and she was only with us in the room for the relatively short time while I was pushing and being stitched up, anyway. The OB who had been seeing me for all my prenatal appointments then came around to check up on me a couple of times while I was in the hospital after delivery. Congrats on your pregnancy and healthy 9 months to you!
Post # 12
I have 5 kids…with the older 4 my midwife did my appointments and delivered my babies…last baby there were about 5 doctors in the practice and you basically saw who was available, just so happened I would mainly see the same midwife and she scheduled my induction the day she would be at the hospital doing deliveries…she delivered my baby! While I was there my male doctor did my tubal the next day.
Post # 13
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
My OB is part of a practice with 4 others. I was one day off from having her deliver- my second choice did. But honestly, at that point, you don’t really care. You’ll spend more time in the delivery room with the nurses. My goal was an unmedicated childbirth- didn’t happen since I had a scheduled induction which led to a c-section, but it was in my file, as I reviewed my birth plan with my main OB.
Like a PP suggested, I’d try to get appointments with the other OBs in her practice sooner than later. My OB’s office made a point of ensuring I met everyone ahead of time- I’d had two appointments with the delivery OB.