There are a lot of firsts that happen when you find out you are pregnant and one of the biggest first is choosing an OB/GYN that is going to be with you throughout your pregnancy and in the delivery room.
Selecting an OB/GYN is not as easy as it sounds. Since there are doctors everywhere know with all different types of experience how do you get through them all? Before you even start looking for your doctor, take a deep breath, and keep reading to discover ten tips for choosing the best OB/GYN for you and your baby!
10 Ask Friends And Family For Referrals
One of the best places to start when looking for an OB/GYN is through referrals. Ask your friends or family members where they went to when they had their children. They are going to tell you the truth too!
So if they didn’t like a certain aspect of their OB/GYN they are going to let you know. But they are also going to be the ones to praise their doctors if they went above and beyond with them. Remember you are just asking for referrals and you do not need to commit to someone until you speak with them.
9 Do Your Research
No matter who says that you need to see their OB/GYN you are making the call at the end of the day. This means you are responsible for doing your own research about each doctor at the end of the day.
Make sure to go on their website to read up about them and their credentials. Check out any reviews that they have on their site, though Google, and online doctor directories. Doing this will allow you to start seeing any repeating trends for aspects patients liked and didn’t like about them.
8 Find Out About Their Delivery Attendance
A question that can skip many people’s minds when searching for the best OB/GYN for them is asking about their delivery attendance. For those that do not know, delivery attendance is the rate that you OB/GYN is there for the actual delivery of the baby.
It can be hard to think that your doctor isn’t going to be there after all of those months together, but that is the unfortunate truth. So find out their rate and see if that is high enough where you feel comfortable being in labor with or without them.
7 Look Up Their Experience
Along with doing your research about your OB/GYN you are going to want to look up their experiences in their field. You might find out that a doctor you are looking at just graduated from school and even though they can be skilled you are going to want to see who they studied under and find out what medical school they attended.
Or you might find out that they have over ten years of experience but were never in one place for too long. You will be surprised what you can find out with just a quick search.
6 Learn About Their Policies
Since every doctor is different each doctor you look into is going to have different policies. Their policies are mostly aimed at the delivery room and what is allowed with you when you are in labor.
This can come as a shock to some women since they have always wanted their partner and their mom in there, but your doctor might have a different rule only allowing one person in with you or having only people over a certain age in there (eighteen). Check up on their policies to make sure they go with what you want.
5 Research The Hospital They Use
Even if you think you have found the perfect OB/GYN you want to go one step further and look into the hospital they use for delivering. Since you do not get to have your OB/GYN go to different hospitals you want to make sure the one you are going to be in is the one you like.
Look into the delivery room sizes, the cleanliness, and even the bedside manner of the nurses. Because you might love an OB/GYN but if you are not going to be treated properly from the rest of the hospital that might not be the doctor for you.
4 If They Encourage You To Ask Questions
If this is your first pregnancy then you are going to have a lot of questions you want answers too. So if you find yourself talking to a potential doctor, but they keep brushing your questions off or make you feel bad for asking any question then you need to see someone else.
You want to make sure you and your babies are in the best hands. And no matter how silly your question sounds your doctor should always be professional and answer it to make you feel more at ease.
3 Covered By Your Insurance
The first thing you should be doing every time you look into a new OB/GYN is to check to see if they are covered by your health insurance.
Many doctors will have a list of health insurance that they accept on their website, but if they do not or if you are unsure about your always feel free to call them about it. You want to make sure that you are seeing a doctor you like that is going to be covered by your insurance to help with the cost.
2 Someone Who Has Handles Your Pre-Existing Health
Just like every pregnancy is different, each of us woman are different too. So if you have any pre-existing conditions you are going to want to find an OB/GYN that has handles a situation similar to yours before. You want to feel like your doctor knows everything about you and your baby and if you are dealing with anything then you need to tell them.
They are going to want to make sure you get the best care for you and your baby and can even recommend someone else if they are not the best fit for you.
1 Makes You Feel Comfortable
The biggest thing you need to do when you are talking and meeting with OB/GYNs is too see how you feel comfortable with. This is going to be different for each person, but overall you want to make sure you are being respected and listened too when it comes to your and your little one's health.
So if you felt like one doctor you talked to just made you feel more stressed out they are not going to be the person for you. Take your time and remember you have the ultimate decision.