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still no OB Shelby Chappell Due November 29 (girl); 1 child; Alberta 1575 posts
7th Sep '13

So where I live I need a referral from a family doctor to get in to see an OB. My family doctor said that he sent the referral weeks ago and I still haven't heard anything from anyone. I'm now 28 weeks along and getting worried about it a little. I have to make an appointment with the family doctor again so that he can hopefully get me the paperwork for a GD screening since I haven't had that done yet and then once again be like..so....OB? I have called OB offices around here and they all have said the same thing, nope you need a referral and I keep being told that a referral has been sent in. Is it ok to not even see an OB for a pregnancy and just keep seeing a family doctor then? I just know that I am getting to the point where I need to start coming in a lot more often and I just want to make sure that this baby is actually being looked after here.

Iyahna :^P Southern California, CA, United States 13036 posts
status 7th Sep '13

I don't know how it works in Canada but family doctors and OB's are completely different in my area.Ob's have more equipment and Doppler and such for the vist.Also i know some family doctors have a OB that goes to them.I would call until it happens,I know the further along you are the harder it may be to find one.I switched from an midwife to an OB at 25 weeks and it was so hard to find one that accepted me because i was so far along.

penispenispenisVAGINA 4 kids; Idaho 7110 posts
7th Sep '13

A lot of woman don't see dr's at all during their pregnancy.

Shelby Chappell Due November 29 (girl); 1 child; Alberta 1575 posts
7th Sep '13
Quoting penispenispenisVAGINA:" A lot of woman don't see dr's at all during their pregnancy. "

Is that ok though to not see a doctor at all during pregnancy? I had health issues last time with my son and needed to be induced because of them.

Shelby Chappell Due November 29 (girl); 1 child; Alberta 1575 posts
7th Sep '13
Quoting Iyahna :^P:" I don't know how it works in Canada but family doctors and OB's are completely different in my area.Ob's ... [snip!] ... one.I switched from an midwife to an OB at 25 weeks and it was so hard to find one that accepted me because i was so far along."

Yea they are different up here as well. The only time I have heard my babies heart beat was when I was in the hospital with kidney stones. Otherwise so far my family doctor only just feels my belly really quickly and checks my urine. I had BP issues with my last pregnancy and he knows that and I have watched my BP climb in this pregnancy. Its not to the worry point yet but its getting closer and closer. I had GH at around 34 weeks with my son and this pregnancy has been doing close to the same things as my last pregnancy so I am getting nervous.

A, E & W's mommy 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Bulgaria 15847 posts
7th Sep '13

I live in the same area as you and you should ask your GP which OB the referral was sent to (it will have had to have been specific not general) and then call that OB and ask if they've received your referral, if not then at your next appt let your go know that it didn't go through and needs to be resent, only let it go 2 days before you call and just make sure they have it.

Shelby Chappell Due November 29 (girl); 1 child; Alberta 1575 posts
7th Sep '13
Quoting A, E & W's mommy:" I live in the same area as you and you should ask your GP which OB the referral was sent to (it will ... [snip!] ... know that it didn't go through and needs to be resent, only let it go 2 days before you call and just make sure they have it."

I will be doing this. I will be making an appointment for Tuesday and I am not leaving until something gets resolved.

Mama*of*3 Due April 22; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; London, ON, Canada 315 posts
status 7th Sep '13

When my Dr sends in a referral it usually takes a couple weeks to a month before I hear anything about a first appt. I also am in Canada. I also ask for a certain OB. I start seeing my OB around 30 weeks. My Dr usually puts the referral in around 28 weeks. Alot of OB's also require alot of things to be already done. At our hospital they want us to have our routine blood work (the one you get as soon as you find out your pregnant, 20 weeks ultrasound & GD testing done before they accept a patient.

Shelby Chappell Due November 29 (girl); 1 child; Alberta 1575 posts
7th Sep '13
Quoting Mz Momma:" When my Dr sends in a referral it usually takes a couple weeks to a month before I hear anything about ... [snip!] ... (the one you get as soon as you find out your pregnant, 20 weeks ultrasound & GD testing done before they accept a patient."


With my last pregnancy I was seeing an OB by 24 weeks but I switched family doctors because I did not like my last one. Hopefully its just a case of them taking a while this time. Last time I got in within a week of a referral so I guess I was expecting kind of the same thing. It's been a few weeks now since he said he sent a referral so come tuesday I hopefully will have some form of an answer.

Mama*of*3 Due April 22; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; London, ON, Canada 315 posts
status 8th Sep '13
Quoting Shelby Chappell:" With my last pregnancy I was seeing an OB by 24 weeks but I switched family doctors because I did not ... [snip!] ... thing. It's been a few weeks now since he said he sent a referral so come tuesday I hopefully will have some form of an answer."

True, well hopefully you get some answers this time around.