During your pregnancy you’ll be seeing a lot of your OBGYN, and they’ll be seeing a lot of you! This is why you need to be comfortable with your doctor. It’s important to think about your personal needs and wants for your pregnancy so you can find the best doctor for you. Here are some things to consider in the search for your perfect OBGYN.
Here are some broad criteria you should consider to narrow down the list of potential doctors.
If the doctor is close to home.
With all the routine doctor’s appointments you’re going to have during your pregnancy it might be important to you for your doctor to be close by.
If you have a specific hospital in mind.
If you really want to birth at a certain location it’s important to find out if your potential doctor has privileges there. Doctors can’t just go into any hospital and start practicing medicine.
If the doctor is male or female.
In general women say they prefer a female doctor. This could be because of religious reasons or just because they’re more comfortable with a female doctor. Think about if having a female doctor is important to you.
If the doctor is viable financially for you.
Another important factor is if the potential doctor accepts your insurance, as this may play a role in determining whether you can use a doctor or not. Most health care providers will post a list of accepted insurances on their websites.
Once you’ve weeded out all the doctors that don’t match up with your needs, you can focus a little more on the details to find your match. Here are some more in depth considerations.
If the doctor has a small or large practice.
Seeing the same doctor consistently is important to some women. With a smaller practice you may see your doctor more regularly than with a larger practice. Larger practices have more doctors, so with your routine visits you may see a different doctor each week. With smaller practices you will see your doctor more consistently, just remember to ask who will deliver your baby if your main doctor is unavailable.
If the doctor has the credentials and experience you want.
This is an important one! You want assurance that you and baby will be safe throughout the whole birthing experience. Are they board certified? Do they specialize in high risk pregnancies? How many births have they delivered vaginally? How many cesareans have they performed? These are all important questions.
If the doctor has the availability you need.
Ask about the care center’s hours of operation, and what their after-hours policies are. How do they handle questions you may have in between visits?
If the doctor has preferences that match up with yours.
Do your more personal preferences match up with your doctor? Things like their position on pain control, birth plans and delivery methods are some topics you can discuss with your doctor.
The ultimate goal in your search for an OBGYN is finding someone you are comfortable with. If your doctor puts you at ease and makes you feel cared for, that can be worth driving an extra 20 minutes for visits. The most important thing is that you find a doctor that will provide quality care for you throughout your whole pregnancy.