(Closed) Should I switch doctors mid-pregnancy? Advice.

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

@FinallyMarried82: I’d switch. If you are not entirely comfortable with the dr who is going to deliver your child, switch.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I second that wholeheartedly.

Don’t stick with someone you aren’t comfortable with. Doctors are there to provide a service, and if you guys don’t click, then go find another.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I would switch. There are doctor reviews on yelp.com, so maybe that would be a place to start looking.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

Something like this happened to me and I switched between my 2nd and 3rd trimester and it was the best decision I ever made.  My old doc was so rude…got annoyed when I asked questions and I always had to wait forever for her.  When I switched, my new docs were so nice (practice and every single one was wonderful), I cried b/c I never had such good care during my pregnancy.

I would go by recommendations of friends if you can.  That’s how I found mine.

Best of luck.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper

I would go back to your old doc if I were you – you seem to have really trusted her medically, and it sounds like the new doc is doing more of the small talk that you wanted, but it hasn’t turned out to be what you were hoping it was … i.e. it’s actually annoying 🙂

I guess IMO, especially when the health of your baby is at hand, you should be working with a doctor who takes the best care of your health – not necessarily the one who is friendliest, and it sounds like your old doc was taking great care of your health. Maybe post-birth you could continue to look, but it seems risky to take any chances while pregnant. Not really the ideal time to be doctor shopping :/ (I realize you didn’t plan it that way; commiserating not criticising in case that didn’t come across right, hah).

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think it’s pretty common to meet with a few doctors when you’re pregnant or TTC to find someone you are confortable with since this is a lot more intensive than a once a year exam. I’d start with your insurance provider. I’d ask them for a list of what doctor’s are covered by your insurance and make some phone calls.

I do think it’s normal to ask for employment information and maiden name – at least it’s been on every single new patient or admission form I’ve ever filled out. But regardless, you should feel comfortable that your doctor knows what she’s doing and is putting you at ease.

A lot of obgyn offices do not have sonogram technology in their office and will send you to the hospital or another office. I think it’s pretty much larger offices that have them, like my office has the regular and 3D ultrasound equiptment but they have 4 midwives and 4 obgyns in the office and it’s the main office in the small city I live in.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’d definitely switch! See if you can get some recommendations from even aquaintances if you don’t have any friends that could refer you to an OB/GYN. My husband asked a woman he works with – that’s how I found my current doctor.

I used to go to one like your old one. Her office was in the middle of the city so it was always packed and there were always long delays – plus it was a long drive from work. My new doc is 10 mins from my office. I do feel like I have to be the one to ask about things (like he’s not going to give me a dissertation on what I should be feeling) but he always takes the time to answer my questions.

You’re going to spend some time with this doctor so you might as well find one you’re comfortable with.

As for the doppler – that’s pretty standard. The fact that you can rent them online for home use would make me question why a practicing doc wouldn’t use one.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’d switch.  This is an important thing happening to you and you need someone to answer questions and to worry about you, AND have updated medical equipment in their offices. 

I would NOT go back to Dr. one, who knows when you’ll get an appointment.  You can meet with a few different Dr.s and some of the best appointments don’t even include an exam, just a meeting with the dr. to discuss your questions and your worries.

Good luck hang in there.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I switched a little over half way through my pregnancy. I was very unhappy with my doctor and switched. I am beyond happy with my decision. I couldn’t continue going somewhere where I just wasnt comfortable.

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