Post # 1
I am wondering if it is the norm to work with a single care provider during pregnancy and for labor and delivery, or if it is more common to work with a group? I am currently working with a group of providers, where the midwives and doctors do shifts at the hospital, and the provider who delivers your baby ends up being whoever is currently on shift. My DH was surprised at this model of care and thought it would be better to work with a single provider the entire time. But, then there’s a chance that the person could be unavailable when you go in to labor anyway! I’d love to hear good or bad experiences with either method. Thanks bees!
Post # 3
I don’t think you will find a single care OB these days. Not only are insurance rates too high for one doctor to be able to afford and still practice but there would be no way for them to care for all their patients all the time.
Post # 4
@terisa2012: I am only 10w6d but am working with multiple providers, I’ll roatate between my doc, the midwives and the nurse practitioners. And I found out that they have a whole separate team of people in the hospital who handle the deilvery part, 2 doc’s and a team of midwives in labor and delivery 24/7. They said as long as my pregnancy is “normal w/out complications” that I’ll more then likely deliver with the midwife not doctor. If I want to meet the midwives then I’ll have to go to their “meet and greet” that they do quarterly otherwise I’ll meet them when baby comes. I have Kaiser for my healthcare.
Post # 5
@terisa2012: there are 4 docs in my practice and I could have any of them deliver. Additionally, my hospital employs laborists- docs who work in the hospital and the only thing they do is deliver babies. Everyone who has delivered there says the nurses do 95% of the work and which physician was there was of no importance.
Post # 6
I’m not pregnant but the clinic I go to is a group practice. You can see just one doctor for appointments and such, but whoever is on-call is going to be delivering your baby.
Post # 7
I went to a group practice. I saw one OB for most of my pregnancy but started meeting some of the other doctors towards the end of my second trimester or beginning of my third. One of the doctors I met was on call when I went into labor and he was great.
Post # 8
My midwife is part of a group, but I voted single care provider, because they work individually. Each midwife has a partner who covers her non-on-call days. They are on-call 12 days of 14, but in the last 2 days if you go into labour their partner will come instead. That way you have a very good chance (better than 80%) of having your own midwife, but if she can’t come you still know the person who is coming. I do all of my appointments with my own midwife, but we’ve met twice with her partner, so if the partner comes she’s not like a stranger. I really like the arrangement.
Post # 9
My doctor is part of a group, but I only saw him and he delivered (actually 2 of my 3 babies). In this group unless they are vacation they deliver their own patients. So you don’t have to worry about who is on-call.
Post # 10
There’s like 10 doctors in my group, and you rotate through them so you’ll know whoever delivers your baby!
They’re all great, but I hope one in particular delivers the baby!