(Closed) how did you choose your obgyn?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
  • poll: how/when did you choose your obgyn?
    when: pre-ttc : (24 votes)
    26 %
    when: ttc : (2 votes)
    2 %
    when: during pregnancy : (9 votes)
    10 %
    how: word of mouth : (17 votes)
    19 %
    how: internet reviews : (8 votes)
    9 %
    how: doctor referral : (9 votes)
    10 %
    how: other? : (8 votes)
    9 %
    decision about individual dr. was based on the hospital where I wanted to give birth : (9 votes)
    10 %
    decision about hospital was based on individual doctor who I saw : (5 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I am in a similar situation!  I had an OBGYN I LOVED and went to for years and years- even through college.  Even when my family moved we would drive two hours to see her.  Now, several years later, I live in a new location and am seeking a new doctor.

    I chose the hospital I would want to have a baby in and then I chose an insurance plan that lets me chose whoever I want.  Then I started looking for a doctor that regularly delivered at that hospital.  THEN I went onto the health site and it has every doctor listed and a picture and a description.  I researched (googled) them to see what their scores were, and basically did the best I could to feel them out (online).  I made an appointment, and just hope for the best.  Hopefully we will be a good match, otherwise, I will try someone else that meets my criteria. 

    Post # 5
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    1493 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I switched OB/GYNs about a year ago. I didn’t like my one at the time. I got a recommendation from a friend of mine. I like my new one a lot despite it being impossible to get an appointment. I see her as being a good support through an eventual pregnancy and delivery.

    Post # 6
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    5655 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I actually see a midwife and found her through my neighbor (I am a VBAC so an obgyn was not an option if I wanted any kind of say in my birthing). We met about 6 mths before Darling Husband And I started ttc and she met with us, talked for over an hour, and gave me some pre-natals.

    I LOVE HER!

    ETA: I’m having a home-birth

    Post # 7
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    7771 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    @finnaroo:  I was really overwhelmed, so I started with the hospital (there are only two here though!)  Also, my Dad and Grandfather were born there.  Plus, a bee on here works there and told me it was a good place and some details.  When the time comes, Darling Husband and I will take a tour of the birthing wing, and they have lots of classes.  Thanks for the encouragement, I hope we are a good fit.

    ETA:  I think we will also take classes to be trained in the Bradley method, as we are hoping to go all natural if possible.  (Yikes!) 

    Post # 8
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    5655 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2011

    @cbee: I went through the Bradley Method book (found out too late to take classes) and it was GREAT! Very effective and I was able to use the relaxation skills for YEARS afterward!

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

    I asked my gen practitioner. I really disliked my previous Gino, so I explained what I disliked about the first one and what I was looking for. My doc took a few minutes and went over a few recommendations ( rather than just giving me a referral list). I got super lucky and the top one she recommended is now my amazing midwife (but she practices with ob-gyns). Granted, I did this same thing for a dermatologist and I didn’t really click with that doc.

    I think it would be good for you to go to a new doc as soon as possible, so that if you don’t like the doc, you have some time to find another one before ttc.

    Post # 10
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    339 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    I used to go to a community health center. I started going there about 5 years ago–I had started a new job and switched insurance companies so didn’t know where to go. My friend told me to check out the community health center–and I LOVED the GYNS. One was an MD and one was a nurse practitioner, both women were awesome. Some appointments took a half hour or longer because they were so thorough in answering my questions.

    However, when I got pregnant, I needed to switch to an OB, since they don’t do OB services at the health center. I remembered there was a GYN I went to, a man, and he was great, at the time I just didn’t want to deal with a man. I have a friend that goes to him and all his online reviews were great–so I went back to him. He’s awesome. I chose him because I love his bedside manner. I wasn’t sure about hospitals–the hospital he is affiliated with is not known as a birthing hospital, but they renovated their maternity ward a couple of years ago and have about 6 births daily–which means I will be guaranteed to get the private room I want. Also, they have the lowest C-section rate in the City. So, it all worked out!

     

    Post # 11
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    7771 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    @runsyellowlites:  Oh my gosh!  That is great to know.  I definitely want to do it with Darling Husband (he is REALLY excited to learn about it).  I found out about it on here- someone (possibly even you) mentioned it in another thread.  Luckily a teacher offers Sunday night classes, DH’s only day off.

    Post # 12
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    7779 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Well, when I was in the states I got my ob-gyn prior to pregnancy and TTC. I was trying to get a Mirena and my regular doctor recommended him. I never did get to get that Mirena. After I got pregnant, I did some research on him and he ended up being the best choice for what I wanted anyway, so I stuck with him. So, I guess that counts as internet reviews and personal recommendation.

    I moved overseas at 8 weeks pregnant and didn’t really have a choice. I see a doctor at the base hospital.

    Post # 13
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    1550 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    i did not start looking for an OBGYN until I found out I was pregnant…It was a bit of a surprise.

    I go to a high-risk doctor, so I went with the gal who delivered my friend’s babies, who is also high risk. My friend spoke very highly of her, so I just went with her and never considered anyone else.

    ETA: I may add that I am not thrilled about the hospital where this doctor delivers, but it is my only option because I love the doctor.

    Post # 14
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    952 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    My GP is my ob/gyn so it was a pretty easy choice!

    Post # 15
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    3564 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    @finnaroo: I can recommend my ob/gyn, if you want. PM me if you want her name/info. Her office is on the UES. One main reason I picked her is because she is affiliated with Mount Sinai, and I would prefer to deliver there if possible because I’ve heard really good things (plus, I was born there!). I think generally, it’s ok to find an ob once you’re PG, and the way most people go about it is to ask for recs, I think, based on who is affiliated with the hospital they want. And of course, see who is accepts your insurance. 

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