(Closed) How to go about finding a good OBGYN?

posted 10 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
1927 posts
Buzzing bee

I only go to new doctors based on recommendations of people I trust.  I would ask around among close friends who have had babies… and also ask your Primary Care Physician if there is someone he/she would refer you to.  Before making an appointment don’t forget to confirm that the new doc accepts your insurance!

Post # 4
1523 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I found my gynecologist by asking my friends who they see. In your case maybe you can talk to some friends who already have kids. They will be able to provide good feedback about the OB/GYN that they see.

Post # 5
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

I found my doctor by asking my boss if he could ask around for everyone’s spouse’s recommendations of their own doctors.  I’m military, so I usually don’t need to go doctor shopping, but I actually think it’s a really great way to find a doctor because the recommendations come from real people close to you who know the doctor and the hospital they have priveleges at.  Maybe you could ask around at work and see who everyone else is using?  Anyone have babies recently that you could ask?

Post # 7
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

In addition to asking friends for recommendations I’ve found the ratemds website to be extremely helpful. This is how I found my OB/GYN who I plan on having deliver my babies when it’s time. Reviews are great for narrowing down your list. I think you won’t really know if a physician will be a good fit until you meet him/her in person, if even just for a consultation. Good luck!

Post # 8
2495 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I like Moose’s suggestion of asking your current dr for who they would recommend.  Could the endocrinologist that you see now give you any names?  Or even your regular family dr?  I’m always amazed at how dr’s network and how many people they know. 

If none of that works, you can call the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists at (202) 638-5577 to get names of board certified ob-gyn’s in your area.  Just make sure that the dr’s that you go to talk to (cause I would for sure at least meet with them first!) are in your insurance network. 🙂

Post # 9
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I found mine by just asking around through friends. I don’t know where you live in St Louis, but I go through Women’s Health services at St. Anthony’s hospital in South County. It is the most comfortable easy going office and my OBGYN is amazing.

Post # 10
93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Have you considered looking for a midwife instead? In the practice that I have been in for a few years, they were so busy (most are) that you saw a nurse practitioner for your annual and only saw a GYN/OB if you were pregnant. So, in a practice like that you still wouldn’t be building a rapport with the person who would be delivering your baby.  Midwives have the advantage (or disadvantage, depending on how you look at it) of not being trained surgeons. They treat birth as healthy and normal part of life. Birth centers (which are ran by midwives) normally do well women care for non-pregnant women so if you find one in your area you could schedule your annual there and check it out.

Post # 12
510 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Did you ask your endocrinologist for a referral? If you don’t have family/friends to count on, and you trust your current specialist, I would ask them who they would refer you to…It might be an easier process than just looking through a list of Dr.s…

Post # 14
1774 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’m a physician and found mind because I asked around and all the labor and delivery nurses go to him. The best people for recommendations are labor and delivery nurses- they work with all of them.  If you know any, ask.  If you don’t, and you don’t mind being weird, you could visit (pretend you’re visiting a friend) and ask.

Post # 15
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

i have been going to the same gyno for 8 years, she was recommended by my mom. i thought she was awesome before, but i’m finding she doesn’t fit all of my needs for an obgyn. luckily she is part of a large practice, and they’re all women (which is important to me!) so i can see whoever i want within the practice. when she doesn’t have answers for me (mainly about migraines during pregnancy) i just ask for the doctor who does know. if you have anything that you’re worried about like that, i would call around and see how knowledgable the doctors are on the subject.

Post # 16
58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I agree with what ecoastrunner83 said. You can look for a midwife, an Ob-Gyn, or a family practice doc. Have you asked your family practice physician if they do gynecology and deliveries? Some of them provide the full spectrum of women’s health care. Also, there are many midwives that work in hospitals, so if you choose a midwife you can still deliver in a hospital. The only reason that you would need to see an OB instead of a midwife or family practice doc is if you’re high risk or you would like to plan a c-section.

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