Post # 1
I live in a small town where the nearest “big” city (or the nearest city with more options) is a little over an hour away. I’ve visited 2 different OBGYNs in my town for reasons not related to pregnancy and have not been happy with the staff or the doctor as far as professionalism goes. About 2 weeks ago I found out that I’m pregnant (yay!) and made an appointment with the last doctor I visited. This is my first pregnancy and I’m not really sure if it’s normal to switch OBGYN’s right away although the other doctor is already familiar with me, medically speaking. Has anyone here done this? Is it worth driving over an hour just to meet with a doctor that I am much comfortable with? I don’t even know if prenantal visits are often or once a trimester. I’m sorry if my questions seem a bit silly, but this is my first time being pregnant and I’m not sure what to expect! Thanks 🙂
Post # 3
I cant help you, but I will have to change OBGYN’s if we move as we hope to.
I know that in some places prenatal is almost all done by a GP or not PBGYN, but a “regular” gyno until a certain point in the pregnancy or if there is reason for concern so I dont think changing would be a problem or even really uncommon.
Post # 4
@MusiqueEstVie: I wish I had changed mine with my son. My doctor was rude and made sexist remarks throughout the pregnancy. When it came time to give birth he wasn’t even the doctor that delivered, it was someone else from the same practice. I highly, highly recommend finding someone that works well with you.
Post # 5
I think it is very important to have an OB that you feel comfortable with. If you are anything like me, you will want ask your OB a million questions each time you go, and don’t want anyone to make you feel silly!
I’m not sure if every OB works the same as far as pre-natal appointments go, but for me it’s been 1 prenatal visit to the OB every month, and will become every 2 weeks once I hit week 29 or 30, and then once a week once I hit week 37 or 38 (I’m almost 22 weeks along now).
Anyway, the only other thing you should think about is where you will have to get all your ultrasounds done at. My OB practice only does quick check in ultrasounds in office, but for the big scans (I had the NT scan to check for chromosomal abnormalities, an initial anatomy scan and now tomorrow is my full anatomy scan, so thats 3 scans) I had them out of office at an ultrasound place, not far from the practice, and not on the same days as my pre-natal appointments.
Also, you should know which hospital your OB works with so you know where you wil give birth at.
Hope you make a decision soon!
Post # 6
Congrats on your pregnancy!
I haven’t had to make this choice yet, but when I do get pregnant (as long as we’re still living in the same area, which is up in the air right now), I’ll be choosing a provider (midwife) in the closest city, which is a little over an hour away. My concern isn’t the local providers (there are some good ones), but the local hospital, which I don’t trust. I think you need to be as comfortable as possible with your provider and the services you’ll receive, so it’s definitely worth checking out other possibilities.
Post # 7
Do you care about where you deliver? For example, here in my area, we have a ton of hospitals and some are definitely better than others. As such, something I would consider before switching is whether or not the OB has privileges at the hospital I want.
Second, you should definitely consider if you like the practice as a whole and if the othe doctors have good reviews from existing patients. I would prefer that our OB handles our delivery, but if not, I’ve read good things about the other doctors in her practice and would be comfortable with them delivering as well.
I definitely think you should find a doctor you are comfortable with because you need to know that s/he has your back and that you can be open and honest with him/her. You need to have confidence in your doctor.
That being said, I would think long and hard about seeing a doctor that’s an hour drive away. At the beginning, your appointments are more sporadic but as your pregnancy develops, barring any complications, you will be in a lot more.
Post # 8
i would switch! I switched OB’s at around 13 weeks and i couldnt have been happier. I went from this grumpy old male doctor to an awesome lady doctor who was amazing at delivery. Go with your gut if you dont like a place you dont have to stay. After all they will be the ones delivering your baby.
Post # 9
I love and appreciate all of your responses! I think I’m going to switch my OB to one who is a distance away but it’s worth it. The local hospital here isn’t that great and I had never taken that into account until I read your responses. Thank you!
Post # 10
I don’t think there’s any issue with switching OBs during pregnancy – you definitely want your OB to be someone you are comfortable with as they are going through a big part of your life with you!
Post # 11
I hadn’t seen an OBGYN prior to getting pregnant (saw my GP for lady stuff) so I chose one based on what hospital I wanted to deliver at. So you should go by where you think you’ll want to deliver, but I wouldn’t stick with someone you dislike simply because they’re nearby. For a normal, low risk pregnancy, you’ll likely be seeing your doctor once a month until the third trimester, then you’ll be going more often.
Post # 12
I changed my OB when I decided I wanted to deliver at a much closer hospital. My former hospital was a lot more inconvenient and I didn’t love my previous doctor anyway so I didn’t have a problem with switching. Oh, I should also say that I did this when I was about 15-16 weeks along and I thought I’d have a problem with the switch after the first trimester, but it was fine. I see my OB once a month and I’m about 21 weeks now, but I believe it’ll be more frequent much later in the pregnancy.