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5 Tips for Picking the Right Doctor During Pregnancy

Discovering that you’re pregnant is a joyful time in any woman’s life, but it is also stressful and challenging. Making sure that you receive the best medical care over the course of your pregnancy is imperative to you and your baby’s well-being, but it can be more complicated than you may think. Here are the top 5 tips to help you successfully navigate the labyrinth of prenatal care.

PregnancyDon’t Automatically Stay With Your OB/GYN:

The first visit to confirm pregnancy and overall health were probably conducted at your regular OB/GYN office, but you may want to consider choosing another doctor for many reasons. OB/GYN doctors specialize in obstetrics and female health, but if you’re pregnancy is low-risk, you may want to find a more generalized practitioner to avoid unnecessary fees or interventions.

Do a Background Check:

Your doctor is your trusted source of information, care and support over the course of your pregnancy. He or she will guide you during labor and make any judgement calls in the event of complications, so you need to make sure you’re picking consummate professional. Check with local hospitals, trusted attorneys or your state’s medical board for any complaints or injunctions filed against your potential doctor.

Consider Compatibility:

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Giving birth is one of the most miraculous, yet difficult, parts of life. You’re at your most vulnerable during your pregnancy, so you need to make feel respected, safe and secure with your doctor. Take time to consider if your communication, religion and cultural needs mesh with your provider, because you want to be as comfortable as possible during pregnancy.

Will Your Doctor Deliver?:

Prenatal doctors are not guaranteed to be present during birth. Many offices or hospitals have rotating on-call duty, so if it is important to you that a familiar doctor is there when you’re in labor, make sure your doctor’s practice is committed to this continuity of care.

Are You Covered?:

Insurance plans vary drastically, and sometimes not all procedures are covered equally at accepted practitioners. Before you commit to a doctor, make sure that you get a complete estimate of billing from their office and submit it to your insurance company for prior inspection to avoid surprising costs.

Taking time to select the best doctor for your individual needs will help to make your pregnancy as enjoyable as possible. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and consider all of your resources. Your health and that of your unborn child is at stake, so do your research and follow your instincts.

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Rachelle Wilber

I am a freelance writer from Oceanside, California. Journalism graduate from San Diego State University. I'm a curious person that can find an interest in all things.

8 comments

  • To get a good doctor is necessary at the time of pregnancy. Once you started consulting one doctor you should not change it till the time of delivery. Now a days, doctors are doing only sezeryan surgery in most of the cases, though if it is possible for your body then one should definitely pressurize doctor to do normal delivery. And at the time delivery, you are not in town than you must find good travel clinic

  • I appreciate your tip on doing a background check on an OGBYN before you choose them. I would imagine that doing a background check would be really important to in finding the right doctor for your pregnancy. My wife recently found that she is pregnant so we should probably do background checks on any potential OGBYN.

  • For the first time expected mother, it is really important to pick the right doctor, who guide you at the every step of motherhood.
    The tips you mentioned here are very helpful for everyone.

  • You make a really good point about checking with hospitals and attorneys about any potential complaints or injuctions filed against your doctor. I knew that it might be good to check online for those injuctions, but I never thought to also check hospitals and attorneys. When I have a chance, I am definitely going to do that for my list of OBGYN doctors. Hopefully that will help me narrow down my options quickly.

  • I agree that you need to consider your insurance coverage when choosing an OBGYN. It would seem that you would want to be sure you are covered because it would be costly not to be. I’m looking for a doctor to help me through my pregnancy so I’ll have to be sure they are covered by my insurance before I choose them.

  • Knowing if the OBGYN you go to will deliver your baby is a good thing to check. I know that I would want to have a relationship with the person helping through the birthing process. After all, having a baby is a very stressful thing to do.

  • I think the article makes a good point that you want to find a practitioner during your pregnancy based on your needs. My sister-in-law has had some very high-risk pregnancies in the past and is pregnant once again. Based off what the article says, would it be best for her to stick with visiting her OBGYN during her pregnancy?

  • I liked when you talked about consulting with your insurance company when looking for a GYN doctor. It makes sense that doing this can help you find someone that can help you and whom you can afford. I would want to find someone that can walk me through the process and who can provide professional advice based on my situation.

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Rachelle Wilber

I am a freelance writer from Oceanside, California. Journalism graduate from San Diego State University. I'm a curious person that can find an interest in all things.