- 8 years ago
- Wedding: May 2009
I’m interested in hearing people’s experiences with switching doctors in the 2nd trimester. I am 13.5 weeks and am pretty sure that I’m not happy with my doctor’s office and want to switch asap.
I have been going to a large all-women’s OB/GYN office that was recommended by my primary doctor. At first, I loved the idea but I think the execution of this office is all wrong. First of all, there are 5 or 6 OBs and you are required to see each of them at least once since you never know who will be on call on delivery day. I know this is pretty common with large practices, but it feels very impersonal to me. On my first visit, I really liked the doctor – she was warm, informative, and patient. But on my second visit, the doctor was cold, abrupt, and inapproachable. I didn’t feel like she had any time to really talk to me and I would not feel comfortable seeing her again. Both times I only met with the doctors for a few minutes and it felt very rushed. The front desk staff are very uninformed (they’re nice, but with so many women coming in and out it seems they can’t keep up) and have messed up my visits several times already.
What has really upset me, though, is the fact that the nurses are just so RUDE whenever I call with questions or concerns. When I met my assigned OB nurse at my visit, she seemed nice enough and told me I could call anytime with questions, concerns, or anxieties. I have called for two different issues now – once to better understand a referral to a specialist for my 20 weeks u/s and again to discuss my prescription prenatal – and i could not believe how rude she and her assistant were to me! They act like they have no time to help and couldn’t possibly have the answer to my questions. It was like night and day. It’s just not a welcoming feeling at all. I think I’m ready to go somewhere new.
However, I’m worried that if I switch I still won’t be satisfied with my health care. I have a few friends and coworkers who had good experiences with their doctors, but liking a doctor is so subjective, and I’m not sure exactly what I’m looking for. I’m also worried that switching may throw off my visit schedule… I’m due to go back in 3 weeks but so many offices are booked for weeks. I won’t know until I start calling around, but it’s daunting.
Phew. Thanks for letting me vent some. I’m in the health care industry and I just cannot stand bad health care 🙁 This is such an amazing time – and definitely overwhelming enough as it is – and I hate that anyone is making this harder than it needs to be.