(Closed) Found out my OB doesn't do on-site ultrasounds–should I switch?

posted 8 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 32
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

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@lilbluebird:  It’s not just about privacy. Some doctors think it’s ethically responsible to only give bad news in person and since you can’t exactly do that completely if you release good news over the phone, they only give results in person.

Post # 33
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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@mrsSonthebeach:  That’s interesting and I’ll definitely keep that in mind. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve had a single doctor call me in to give me results/news. I’ve always had it given to me over the phone or right then and there in person. I’m sure you’re right; I just haven’t had it happen to me.

Post # 34
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

No on-site ultrasounds is very common. You go to a specialized clinic for it, and they send your doctor the results.

Fewer appointments is also fairly common. If there’s an issue, there’s nothing stopping you from making more appointments. It’s actually kind of nice to only need to fit in 1 every 4 weeks. And the 10 wk appointment is very standard.

Post # 35
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Bumble bee

The 4-week appointments until 28 weeks is standard. My OB doesn’t do ultrasounds during visits either, it’s a separate office in the building that does them. So I don’t think those are reasons you should change OBs, but it is up to you.

Post # 36
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

That sounds totally normal. 

Post # 37
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Meh, all sounds pretty standard to me.

In Canada I don’t know of any doctors other than REs who have onsite ultrasounds. All of mine have been at a clinic….not a big deal. Standard of care here is 2 u/s per pregnancy, I’ve had 3 (third was to check fetal position after baby turned breech at 31/32 weeks). You really don’t need anymore than that unless you’re high risk or develop complications.

My midwife saw me every four weeks until 28 weeks, then every 2 weeks until 36 weeks and then weekly until birth. It’s my understanding that’s a pretty standard schedule.

Everything you’ve described sounds completely typical…..

Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

With lab/test results, the receptionist is not allowed to give results- simply because they are not qualified to interpret them or explain them to you. Nurses can sometimes give results, with the doctor’s permission. Nurses usually will not give bad results, however, because your doc is the one who will explain them to you and your different courses of action- legally they are obligated to do so, as the provider. Nurses are responsible for ensuring that you understand the information you are given, initially, and are available for answering questions and having you sign a consent form. 

Personally, I wouldn’t give any results over the phone. 

Post # 39
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

With lab/test results, the receptionist is not allowed to give results- simply because they are not qualified to interpret them or explain them to you. Nurses can sometimes give results, with the doctor’s permission. Nurses usually will not give bad results, however, because your doc is the one who will explain them to you and your different courses of action- legally they are obligated to do so, as the provider. Nurses are responsible for ensuring that you understand the information you are given, initially, and are available for answering questions and having you sign a consent form. 

Personally, I wouldn’t give any results over the phone. 

Post # 40
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Ok, so:

My doctor’s office scheduled my first appointment for 10 weeks.

I did monthly appointments until around 30 weeks, now I’m going every two weeks.

They do ultrasounds on-site but they’re always done by a technician, not the doctors themselves.

I think all of that is pretty normal? But if you’re looking for something specific from your doctor, then by all means, switch to someone who makes you feel more comfortable.

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