Post # 1
Hi bees. I just found out that I am pregnant with my first, and called to schedule an appointment with my regular OB/GYN. They told me that, for my first appointment, I have to meet with the nurse practitioner, and then I “rotate” through the doctors in the practice. This seems really weird to me (why even pick a doctor if I’m not guaranteed to see her?). Is this a normal practice? I’m thinking of finding a new OB!
Post # 2
AnonymousCupcake: This is how my practice works. I rotated through the 4 OBs and 2 Midwives for each appointment. I didn’t mind, I like all but one OB, so I spent my whole pregnancy hoping that he wouldn’t be the one on call when I went into labor. I ended up having a scheduled c-seciton, so I was able to pick which OB performed the surgery. I think this kind of set-up is common.
Post # 3
AnonymousCupcake: I only meet with my OB but I’ve heard plenty of people have this type of experience so I guess it is somewhat normal too.
Post # 4
AnonymousCupcake: I obvoiusly haven’t been PG, but it’s my understanding that’s how it normally works. I guess they want you to be familiar and comfortable with them all becuase there is no promise that the OB you prefer will be on call the day/night you go into labor.
Post # 5
AnonymousCupcake: I only meet with one OBGYN however now that I’m in my last few weeks of pregnancy I am seeing every other OBGYN in the practice just in case my doctor isn’t on call when I go into labor.
Post # 6
Yes, this is common practice in a multi-doctor group so that you know and are familiar with all of the doctor’s in the practice. If you need to make a trip to labor & delivery for any symptoms during your pregnancy or more so when you are in labor/giving birth you will have the doctor from the practice who is on call at that time so you know them and they know you. You might be pleasantly surprised by the process — I’m 34 weeks and by now have rotated through most of the doctors in the practice and there are several that I have come to like way more than “my” doctor. As a previous poster said, there has only been one that I’m ehhh on so I’ll just hope she’s not on call when I’m in labor…though my luck she will be. Not to mention it’s way easier to get appointment times that are convenient for you since they have a few doctor’s schedules to work with.
If you like your practice I wouldn’t switch over this becuase you will find it to be the same at any multi-doctor practice. Additionally, I wouldn’t recommend switching to a one doctor practice – I had a friend who would often be sitting in the waiting room for an appointment and would get canceled on because the doctor had to go to the hospital. Also, her doctor told her the week before she was due that she was going on vacation and wouldn’t return until after her due date. My friend wound up giving birth that week with a covering doctor…someone she’d never met before and who didn’t know her at all.
So while you may think it will suck, it’s actually better in the long run.
Post # 7
Yes, this is normal! It helps you to become familiar with all of the doctors in the practice since you don’t know who will be on call when you go into labor. It shouldn’t be a problem, but if you’d prefer to always see the same doc, you could call around to see if there is a practice you could switch to where you usually see the same doc.
Post # 8
That was how my OB practice was set up. I saw it as a positive. Here’s the thing. If you go to a practice with one doctor and see them for the whole pregnancy, there is no guarantee they will deliver your baby. You could go into labor and they are delivering another baby, on vacation etc and you will be cared for by whatever doctor is on call at the hospital, most likely someone you have never met before. With a practice with multiple doctors where you rotate, one of them is on call at all times for deliveries. So you might not deliver with your favorite from the practice, but it should be with one of the doctors you have met before.
I had my “favorite” among the doctors at my office, (and he ended up being the one on call when I had my son) but I didn’t hate any of the doctors. If there had been one of the group I really disliked I probably would have looked for another practice.
Post # 9
Mine isn’t set up that way and I think I would like it. Different perspectives on issues.
Post # 10
Thanks for the feedback, ladies!
Post # 11
I only met with my OB, but he was part of a practice and it wasn’t guaranteed that he would be the one to deliver me. So it actually would have benifited me to meet with the other OB’s from time to time. I got lucky and he was on call the night I went into labor, but my friend who was also his patient did not get him to deliver her baby.
Post # 12
My OB has a solo practice. I liked this because she was the only doctor I worked with and I knew that barring an emergency, she would be the person delivering my baby. If you want a more one-on-one experience, you can try to look for a solo practice.
Post # 13
AnonymousCupcake: I’ve never heard of it done that way before, but I met with an OB for majority of my pregnancy and then switched OBs becuase I was delivering in a different city, so I am just starting to get to know my OB 🙂
Post # 14
AnonymousCupcake: Not weird at all, practices are going to a more “laborist” schedule some one of your MD’s will be on the schedule at all times. I work at an ob/gyn clinic and we have 15 md’s our patients do not get to meet all of them, I would not come to a clinic. This is nomal tho!
Post # 15
AnonymousCupcake: Thay’s how my practice is. I like it because you get a chance to meet all the docs so you are familiar with who will be delivering you. If you go to 1 doc your pregnancy, there is no guarantee they will be on call when you go into labor, so you might have a total stranger deliver you. It’s pretty common to have a rotation model with obgyn these days since most docs aren’t up for working 24/7.