(Closed) Finding an OBGYN

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
416 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’d ask your friends so you get a good word of mouth reference.  Also, if you know anyone that works in the field, they often have the inside scoop and can tell you who’s good and who has the crazy partner who might be on call.  As for insurance, my company has a website that lists all their covered providers – I’m assuming yours does too?  Good luck!

Post # 4
3042 posts
Sugar bee

@roxy821:  I would ask my friends for recommendations. Actually, I found my current one by calling the hospital and speaking to a nurse in a related office (she is the nurse at the high risk drs office). I asked who she recommended and she gave me a few practices and then indicated that all the people she worked with see this certain doctor. I went with that doctor and I LOVE her!

Post # 6
294 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I found mine by asking my two mommy friends. One of their recommendations was a hit! He’s WONDERFUL. I’d asked long before we got pregnant, just in a “hey, nothing’s happening yet, but if it were to happen, who should I see? Who did you see? Who do you like?”  then we waited until we were past the 1st trimester to thank that friend for her recommendation. Ha! I didn’t call anyone until we were pregnant.

Like you, I’d had my annual in early Jan but got pregnant in April. They didn’t need to do a new annual or anything, just asked if there was anything to know about anything before moving forward. I let them know the few things they’d need to know in a general medical history way, and they said my next annual will likely be covered during my post-natal care visits.

Post # 7
920 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

With insurance – my carrier has a website you can go to and see who is included in your plan.  I would start there and then look at the most convenient hospital and then just google review on them.  You can get a lot of information from reviews!!!   

Post # 8
3627 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Honestly, I don’t know many mommy friends so I just did a ton of Google research. We have a lot of OBGYNs in our area. I narrowed it down to which hospital I wanted to deliver out (to vet out doctors who didn’t have privileges there) and then which OBGYNs were covered under my insurance (which is nearly all of them). Then I did a lot of research on mommy forums (for my area) and online reviews. I also read their online bios to see which one “resonated” with me.

The one I ended up picking had a long waiting list for new patients and I had to wait 3 months to go to my first appointment for my annual exam. Then after that, I got PG and it was much easier bc 1) I was already PG and 2) she was already my doctor. My doctor is part of a larger practice and many of them have rave reviews. I love my OB and she’s very supportive and has similar views as me with regards to childbirth, vaccines, etc.

I did this for my dentist and GP and it worked out great actually. DH is more into the referrals by friends/family route and it doesn’t always work out as well (e.g. he ended up at my GP because all of his referrals weren’t very good).

Post # 9
3042 posts
Sugar bee

@roxy821:  I had an np that I saw for years. I made the switch once I found out I was pregnant. It may be nice to find one now and have a pre-conception physical. Good luck!

Post # 10
1138 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I got recommendations from friends who had recently had babies. I had to switch practices once before I found someone I like. I definitely advise you to ask around if possible. 

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