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How to Find the Right OBGYN

August 31, 2015

How do you find the right person to take care of YOU and your growing baby while pregnant? Someone you feel comfortable with asking a lot of questions to and whose opinion you respect. In this article, we’ll address ways to help you find a doctor and what questions to ask them to help you feel confident you’ve picked the right person for your pregnancy.

First, if you’ve been visiting a gynecologist you already like and if they practice obstetrics as well, ask him or her if they are able to care for you during your pregnancy. (Don’t forget to ask what hospital they deliver at.)

NETWORK NAMES

If you need to find a new OBGYN doctor altogether, start by networking names. When our insurance changed, I asked my friends on Facebook if there was a doctor they recommended. And sure enough, I got over 20 recommended names! From there, I made sure the doctors were under my insurance plan. Then, I looked up their locations, as I wanted a doctor close to my home.

CONSIDER YOUR HEALTH HISTORY

The next thing to consider is your health history. If you’ve had chronic illnesses, you’ll want to go to a doctor who specializes in your symptoms. Or, if you want to try and have a vaginal delivery after a c-section, you’ll want to make sure both the provider and the hospital are supportive of vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).

DOCTOR’S OPINIONS

Don’t forget that this is YOUR body and YOUR pregnancy, so ask your doctor about topics that are important to you, including:

  • How many c-sections has the doctor performed?
  • How does this doctor feel about episiotomies?
  • Is this doctor supportive of natural childbirth? (Especially if this is important to you.)
  • Will he allow a doula or mid-wife to be present during labor?
  • Is he supportive of breast feeding? (If this is important to you.)

These are just examples of topics that may be important for you to ask. Remember: don’t feel bad to ask questions- and lots of them! If you do feel like the doctor doesn’t give you enough time or won’t let you ask specific questions, it may be time to find a different doctor.

DOCTOR’S VISITS

Upon your initial visit with your doctor, be sure to ask them who you will be meeting with when you have your doctor appointments. When I had to change doctors because of a sudden insurance change, I met with my new doctor initially where I sat in his office and was able to ask him any questions I had. I really liked him! Then, from there when I had my regular doctor visits, he was either at the hospital delivering a baby or out of town. I would meet with his PA (Physician’s Assistant), who I really liked, but after three consecutive visits without meeting with the actual doctor, I was frustrated. I voiced my frustration to his PA, and she was really helpful about making sure they’d do whatever it took to meet with the doctor upon my next visit.

Some practices will have other doctors meet with you when your doctor is unavailable. Or, they will have their PA or nurse meet with you. So, be sure to verify who that will be if the doctor is not available to be sure you are comfortable with them.

WHO WILL DELIVER YOUR BABY

Many practices take turns rotating who will be on-call, so the probability of your regular ob-gyn being able to deliver your baby may depend on how many doctors are in their practice.

With that said, if it is important that you have your baby delivered by a doctor you know, think about finding a smaller practice. That way you’ll be more likely to be able to meet most of the doctors during your prenatal visits.

HOSPITAL

Make sure you know what hospital your doctor delivers at. If you have health insurance, you’ll want to make sure that hospital is in their coverage and network. Secondly, reputation is an important thing. Ask around to make sure you have heard good things about the hospital you are set to deliver at.

Once you have selected a doctor and have visited them after a few visits and just are not happy with their staff, nurses, and mainly, the doctor, voice your concerns. If they do not listen to them and change what you are complaining about, do not hesitate to look for another doctor.

What do YOU think is important in finding the right OBGYN?

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Lacey Pappas

Mother of 2 silly boys and a new baby girl. Happily married. Love to laugh, inspire others, take pretty photos, and curl up with a good book.

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22 thoughts on “How to Find the Right OBGYN

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Olivia Nelson

I agree that when you are looking for an OBGYN you would want to consider any chronic health problems you suffer from. I would imagine that you would want to find someone who will be able to help with your pregnancy but also deal with these symptoms. I’m looking for an OBGYN to help me out so I’ll have to consider my health history as well.

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john Mahoney

I agree that asking the doctor topics that are important to you can be very helpful when choosing someone to help you with delivery. I will keep this in mind and let my wife know so we are both on the look out. Thank you for the tips, I found they were very helpful.

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Cindy Tesler

I agree that when searching for referrals for an OBGYN, look for specific names. You also mention choosing a doctor that practices in a way that you agree with. I think it’s important to choose an OBGYN that is willing to talk to you and answer all of your questions and concerns.

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Baxter Abel

I appreciate that you said while it is important to always consider an OBGYN’s professional opinion, to remember that it is your body and ultimately you have control over what you want done to it. I remember a friend of mine who said she feared going to her OBGYN because they would tell her how to treat her own body, but there doesn’t have to be fear like that! Thanks for the tips, I’ll be sure to pass them along to anyone who is searching for an OBGYN.

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Brooke McAvoy

I appreciate your tips about talking with the doctor. I am a kind of shy person, and I usually prefer to be as polite as possible. Remembering that it is in fact my body and my child on the line will probably help me to ask the tricky questions that you advise. Thank you for your specific and applicable tips, I will be utilizing your article as I look for a great doctor.

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Jeff Madison

I appreciate your tip on how one should consider their health history before choosing an OBGYN. It seems that if you have any health complications you would want to choose a doctor that specializes in that. We recently moved and my wife has been looking for a new gynecologist, she should probably consider any past health problems before she chooses one.

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Meagan

Really great information here. I like how you say it is your baby and your body. And asking questions is always good. Thanks for sharing!

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emily bennette

Lacey, these are some really helpful tips about finding a good OBGYN. I liked what you said about considering your medical history. It would make sense to go to a doctor that would be able to help you better if you had a bad illness or if you are in poor health. That way you will know you and your baby will be in the best hands possible.

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Lacey Pappas

Great! Good luck!

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Kate Branham

Wow! This has been super helpful! My husband and I are talking about having a baby, and I realized that I need to find a good OB/GYN to take care of us. I wasn’t sure where to start, but your suggestion to ask on Facebook is pretty good. I already have a couple of names that I will start looking into.

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Lacey Pappas

You’re welcome!

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Lacey Pappas

You are welcome! Good luck!

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Lacey Pappas

GREAT tip! Thank you for sharing!

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Jennifer Andrews

When I was pregnant with my first child I chose my obgyn by the hospital my insurance covered. Thankfully I got a wonderful doctor who was there to deliver my child. I like the tip to look at smaller practices so you have a greater chance of meeting all the obgyn on staff so a stranger won’t have to deliver your child.

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Bryce Trout

Me and my wife are thinking about starting a family and we think we should start looking for an OBGYN. I really liked what you said about networking to find someone that you trust. Your family and friends can be the best references. Thank you for sharing.

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Lauren Woodley

I really liked the insight you gave to ask your doctor questions and receive thorough insight about their experience and their qualifications. As you say, this is your body and your pregnancy, so you have to make sure that you are and your baby are in the right hands. Thus, asking questions like how many c-sections they’ve performed and if they’re supportive of natural child birth will give you insight on how adaptive and accommodating they are. Thank you for the help!

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DoloresB

It’s important to find an obgyn that you can work with. It’s best to find someone that you can easily ask a lot of questions to, because part of their job is to answer your questions. When you have a baby coming you are going to have a lot of questions.

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Lacey Pappas

Good to hear ! Good luck!

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Wendy Cartright

This is really helpful advice on how to find the right OBGYN. The example questions gave me a better idea of what type of OBGYN I’m looking for. I will definitely ask lots of questions during my next visit.

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Delores Lyon

Thanks for sharing all of this advice on finding the right gynecologist for your specific needs. I really like that you first mentioned networking names. If there is someone out there with a lot of recommendations, then you should probably check them out, like you said. There’s usually a reason that this doctor is getting a lot of good reviews!

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Jessy Shaw

My husband and I recently discovered that we are pregnant with our first child so I have been looking into getting in to see an OB/GYN. I have never been to see one before so I am a little scared. I don’t really know how to go about getting one so hopefully these tips will help me out. Asking friends and family sounds like a pretty good way to go so that you are getting a second opinion. Thank you for the information.

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Angela Silva

When I was preparing to move, I asked my doctor at the time how I should go about finding a new doctor in a place where I didn’t know anybody for a recommendation. His advice was to first find a hospital that had good reviews for labor and delivery, and then call and ask their nurses which doctors in the area they liked. He said good doctors treat the nurses well and the nurses in L&D will be able to give me some names of doctors they recommend. I thought that was great advice!