(Closed) Double first appointments? Midwife and OBGYN…

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Did you set up two meetings because you’re unsure of which one would be better during your pregnancy?  Have you met either of them before, or are these appointments sort of “meet and greets”?  Your insurance coverage will depend on your individual plan, so probably your best bet would be to call your insurance company or talk to your HR department to find out about your coverage and possible out of pocket costs.

As far as midwife versus OBGYN goes, both midwives and doctors can and do support unmedicated and medicated births, but whether they choose to do so depends so much on the indidivdual, the practice, and the birthing establishment.  The best way to find out whether a medical professional supports both is to just call them up and ask.  The receptionist should be able to tell you some basics about the practice, including where the doctor/midwife can deliver.

Post # 5
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Lol, well it sounds like the midwife might be a better fit!  Definitely call and ask about the epidural issue, but generally midwives who work in hospitals are supportive of a wide range of birthing options.  Plus, being at a top notch hospital sounds great to me!

Fwiw, I’m one of those people who believe in having a lot of options, so delivering in a hospital was the best for me.  I planned to do an unmedicated birth, but when I wanted an epidural, I was able to get one pretty quickly.  Especially as a first timer, I thinking leaving your options open is a smart choice.  🙂

Post # 6
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@stefanieastronaut: The phone girl is a good way to judge the practice. I actually switched for the same reason. Everyone’s attitude in the office matched that of the nurse’s at the front. My midwife has the sweetest nurses working for her and they are all so fantastic. Remember the phone girls are usually nurses or medical asst’s and you may have to deal with them more often than you think.

Post # 8
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I dont think you should judge the entire practice based on one person who answered the phone. At my OB’s office they are nice except one person who can be a bit impatient but ultimately she isnt the one that will be delivering my baby.


Post # 9
643 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

It seems like you are leaning towards the midwife. I am sure you are anxious to get in to see how your baby is doing, but could you make the OB appointment after the 21st? That way you can go to the midwife first, and if you really like her and what she can do, then you can cancel the OB appointment? But if the midwife isn’t right for you, you’d already have the OB appointment set up for a few days later.

You might also want to talk to your doc. I think it shouldn’t be a problem if you are just interviewing the doctor, but if they both provide a full exam, your insurance might not cover it twice in a matter of weeks. 

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