(Closed) How to find an obgyn in Canada?

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@ScottishMrs:  Those are a lot of questions lol!

I live just outside of Toronto, so I can tell you how it goes here and maybe it’s the same in Ottawa.

For a normal, non complicated birth, you would prepare to deliver in a hospital that is in your district according to your address, and also according where your family doctor is.

We knew that when we eventually delivered (when we were ttc), we wanted a specific hospital that was in another city (sounds weird but it was only 15 minutes away from us and we like the hospital better than the one by us) – BUT the only way we could eventually deliver in that hospital was to have a family doctor in that city/district.

No one I called for information would literally even talk to me unless I had a doctor in that region.

So I had to find a new family doctor accepting new patients in that region, which I did through general searching. (use the internet, drive around – a lot of times people will post a sign accepting new patients, or word of mouth, ask around at other offices) (I was already KU by the time I found a family doctor, which I ended up losing but at least now I was connected where I wanted to be)

You want to eventually have an OB/GYN with ‘priveleges’ at whichever hospital you want to deliver at. If you don’t care about the hospital than you just go to whoever.

Find a family doctor now, before your BFP so that they can get a history from you, tell them you were looking for a new fam doctor due to ttc. And then when you get a BFP make an appt with that family doctor, and they will refer you for bloodwork and ultrasound, etc. and tell you next steps. The family doctor will also be able to answer all those other questions you have.

If you do have a preferred hospital, make sure you mention it to the family doctor, so that eventually when they pass you over to a OB/GYN they will connect you with one with those ‘prvileges’ at your preferred hopital. (That doesn’t guarantee that they will be the one delivering though)

Hope that helps a bit!

 

 

 

 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

If you have a family doc, ask for a referral, if not you should find a family doc or call your city/region’s info line and get them to tell you who is taking new patients.  Maybe your regular doc can refer you for the interim, I would call that office first.  

You can have either a midwife or obgyn or both. Midwives work privately so you find them yourself and pay them. In case of a complicated pregnancy, it would be good to have an obgyn as well, if there are complications you will just get whomever is on call at the hospital you go to.

Good luck!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I just wanted to add that if you are seriously considering a midwife you need to call almost the minute you get a BFP. They tend to have very long waiting lists! You don’t need a referral from your doctor to go to a midwife.

I live in Ontario and midwives are funded by the government. You either have to have an obgyn or a midwife, you’re not allowed to have both. The only exception is that if you were in the care of a midwife and had complications, they could refer you to an obgyn part way through the pregnancy.

Otherwise, in order to get an obgyn, you need to be referred by your family doctor.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

You can see your family doctor until 28 weeks (although you can be referred sooner if you wish). They will then refer you to an OBGYN. Referrals to specialists in Canada are pretty much always handled through GPs. If there is a specific OB you want, you can ask your GP to refer you to that doctor.

If you want a midwife (I have one and I think midwifery is the best thing since sliced bread), at least in Ontario, you need to call the MOMENT you get your BFP as they’re in very high demand and tend to have lengthy waiting lists. I called the day I found out I was pregnant and didn’t get one until I was five months along.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@ScottishMrs:  Ottawa often has huge waiting lists for midwifery, because only a limited number of hospitals will support midwife births and there’s no birthing centre here (yet!). It’s supposed to be a little easier if you’re interested in a home birth. Everyone I’ve spoken to says if you’re interested in having a midwife here then you need to list yourself as soon as the little lines appear on the test.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@ScottishMrs:  yep, in and abouts that area. Wouldn’t hurt to be on a waitlist here but maybe call up some pleaces in both locales and see what they say.

Good luck researching!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

@bella128:  Midwives are provided by the government health insurance in Ontario. 

 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@ScottishMrs:  I would totally recommend getting on the wait list if you are interested in having a midwife. Don’t let the waiting time discourage you. Even if you end up being referred to an OB and then get in with a midwife, you can still switch to the midwife if you so choose. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

The other advantage about getting a midwife (if you are into the midwife model of care) is that, at least in my area, you get put to the front of the line if you’ve previously been under the care of a midwife. So, if you’re planning to have a second baby, you shouldn’t need to go through all the waitlist rigamarole a second time 🙂

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@ScottishMrs:  I think I’d prefer a midwife but I need to think on it a bit more to be sure. Everyone I know that’s had one said it was the best decision they could’ve made. I don’t think I’d want a home birth though so I’d have to be sure that I could get into one of the hospitals with the midwife. Primarily because we don’t have the room here for that kinda thing. Really wish there was a birthing centre here.

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