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Q&A: Interviewing a new OB?

How should I pick my OB? What kinds of things should I ask when I'm trying to decide?

Re: How should I pick my OB? What kinds of things should I ask when I'm trying to decide?

The Bump Expert

You're lucky to have a choice. Use these questions to make the most of your good fortune and come to an informed decision.
[  ] If it’s a group practice, what are your chances of having your primary OB deliver?
[  ] Who will be there if your primary OB isn't available in an emergency or when labor begins?
[  ] What is the hospital affiliation?
[  ] What is the cesarean rate?
[  ] Does the doctor (or group) perform episiotomies as a matter of course?
[  ] What is the doctor's attitude about patients having a birth plan with their personal preferences?
[  ] How does the doctor feel about pain medication during birth?
[  ] What are the after-hours policies? Is the doctor available by phone or email for questions between visits, or is there a nurse who can answer provide advice and answers?
[  ] What experience does the doctor (or group) have with high-risk pregnancies?
[  ] How many babies do they deliver per year?

After your interview, ask yourself if the doctor really listened to your concerns and seemed comfortable with your views on pregnancy, childbirth and medical care. If the answer is no, keep looking.

The Bump Editors

Q&A: Interviewing a new OB?

I think that the questions listed by the expert are definitely important but what was most important to me was just that I felt comfortable with my doctor.. I didnt want a doctor that scared me when it wasnt necesary. I love my ob now she has delivered one child of mine already and when I found out i was pregnant again recently she was one of the people I was most excited about telling.

alex0623 |

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I think you should first have your GYN recommend and OB for you (if you love your GYN). But, if her recommendation doesn't work, be prepared to work hard. It's in your best interest to gave the doc that's best for you and makes your comfortable. I am awaiting to see my 3rd doctor...I feel like the woman from the movie knocked up, but I rather keep searching that stay miserable with a doc I am very uncomfortable with. Keep hope alive, there are some great OBs out there!!

BklynWoman11 |

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Do you have to make an appintment and pay to ask these questions? Do doctors let you ask these questions for free over the phone?

Kittycat196 |

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BklynWoman11: I am with you! I am going to doc #2 on Tuesday. I just moved to NJ and am searching for a doctor. I am a size 8, 5'6" girl with a normal range BMI and the first nurse practioner that I met with told me that I was in a "high risk" category with a high BMI and that I should avoid carbs and fatty foods while pregnant. I work out everyday and eat healthy and left feeling no so good. Didn't know that being pregnant required dieting. Crazy! Ughh frustrating to move to a new town and not know who is good and not.

mvinson79@yahoo.com |

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I am struggling with the decision to go to a new OB now. He was fine for all of my regular gynecological stuff, but I feel like he just expects me to know what's going on. Last week during my appointment he measured my belly and took my weight but made no mention of if the measurements were good, bad, or in between. I realize I need to speak up for myself, but I almost feel intimidated by him! When I called to get the results of my bloodwork, the nurse made me feel like I was nuts for calling. I'm really torn.

catb80 |

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Of course, the most important thing to do is to look up someone who's in your insurance plan's network -- that's the easiest place to get a basic list of names for starting. But I (weirdly) found yelp.com to be pretty helpful. A lot of people review their doctors there, and it was a good jumping off point for getting general stories/feedback about a doctor. If you're new to a town or just don't know a lot of people with kids who can recommend a good OB, it's not a bad place to start.

ucdeidre |

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i searched ratemds.com it was great to get opinions from other women about a variety of doctors in the area

Ashley |

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Some cities also have a "best of" list that gets published yearly. Its another place to start looking.

coledvm |

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for any1 out there that thinks your doc is waiting too long to see you thats ok if you want to go to another doctor you can do that. hope that helps

jermainesbaby2010 |

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Has anyone been told that the first visit is always scheduled with a nurse practitioner? This concerns me a little because I won't be able to talk to the doctor until at least the second month. Thanks.

Christineevans |

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Christineevans: I was told the same thing and thought it was kind of odd, but no big deal. I went to my first appointment with the midwife and then was told that they are the ones that actually deliver the baby, unless there is an emergency and they have to call in a doctor. Personally, I am not okay with that, I want a doctor to deliver my baby. So, now I am shopping around for a new doctor. Just be sure to ask at your first appointment if that is ONLY for the first appointment or if they will be the one to handle the whole pregnancy. Hope that helps.

amandamharrelson |

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There is only one practice associated with the hospital in my town and only one female practicing with them, so I didn't really have many options. I am so glad that I love her. She is great. The policy in the practice is to have you meet at least once with all the doctors because you just get whoever is on call when you deliver.

Mrs.Nunley |

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I've had an OBGYN since I was 11....and she delivered my sister's baby as well. I love her dearly. There is no way I am choosing someone else.

livingj156 |

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Anyone have luck finding a doctor who is accepting of the home-birth plan? My husband and I want to have our baby at home where we are comfortable and we will know the people who are there (no strange nurse in the middle of the night).

Ruthandbaby |

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ruthandbaby...i have a friend who is having her baby at home...i would ask around where you live or even google for your area of midwifes,hypnobabies, bradly method ...i know one of midwifes i read about here said she is affiliated with a doctor in case of any complications that might occur, but it seems mostly midwifes and/or dualas (which i do not know what that is yet : } that actually help with delivery at home.

Jyothi |

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What type of appointment do I make? Do I let them know Thanx :)they are being "interviewed"? Or, should just wait until my annual exam to ask the questions?

TBR23 |

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I am new to my town and sad I do not have the OB that delivered my last child here with me. I used the internet and searched opinions. Some of the opinions are worthless, complaining about how long it takes to get in, the staff on the phone and such but some of them were very relevant. I picked the one with no complaints and all positive remarks and am visiting her NP next week. It's VERY common for the NP to meet you first if you are coming in before 8 weeks. I'm ok with that bc I know if I am sick or need to get in immediately, the NP is the one I will see.

juliamarieturk |

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Thanks Jyothi! BTW, a Doulla is a labor coach, typically in the hospital. I will check Google...hadn't thought of it.

Ruthandbaby |

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cltbride2005 |

Q&A: Interviewing a new OB?

Thank you to the poster who suggested ratemds.com. Great suggestion! I stupidly went off of the "best of" lists that are published yearly. My Mom who is a nurse stated that those listed are nurse rating and not patient rating. Wow! I had know idea. She too suggested ratemds.com. Thanks All! I dropped my OB. Feedback on his board stated that he does not like working with bi-racial couples. (We are a bi-racial couple)

Mich411 |

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I too, like the list from the expert, but I also included some faith-based questions that would have made a big difference for me. I had my 1st with an OBGYN, and my others with a midwife. I also got educated about the birth process in general in USA and that has altered some of my "make or break" issues when choosing a person to help me deliver my babies.

mama2many |

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I just want to make a comment in reference to nurse practitioners. Nurse practitioners are more than qualified to handle the early stages of pregancy. See the link http://www.aanp.org/NR/rdonlyres/67BE3A60-6E44-42DF-9008-DF7C1F0955F7/0/2010FAQsWhatIsAnNP.pdf What many of you should also be aware of is, that nurse practioners as well as nurse in general are a very integral component of your pregnancy. They are your one of your main supports just prior to your birth and after. They are experienced, educated and a large part of the health care team. Have a little faith in them, you might actually be surprised!

eagle3 |

Q&A: Interviewing a new OB?

I went with a recommendation from a friend who gave birth a year ago. maybe you can ask others that live near you who they would recommend.

nstachon |

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sorry this is just a test to see if i can finally post stuff on here. i havent been able to post anything and im not sure why

MarineWifey0508 |

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I got really lucky because my best friend is a labor and delivery nurse at a hospital down the road. She recommended the most amazing OB that I feel so comfortable with. But, I would ask any friends/family or if they know anyone. You could also ask your family doctor.

JessicaW0817 |

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my concern was the hospital I'm to give birth at. Is the Dr. affiliated? Also, do I feel comfortable? Can I call anytime and get a quick call back? How do other expecting mom's feel about their care, I ask in the waiting room!

prego1977 |

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I also want to thank the posted who suggested *ratemds.com* it made finding a great doctor a lot less work.

crab |

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tmae002 |

Q&A: Interviewing a new OB?

I just went through this. My OB that I have seen since high school only delivers at one hospital and my insurance doesn't cover me there. So she gave me one recommendation and I got two more reliable recs from friends. I checked with my insurance to make sure they were all within my network and delivered at the hospitals I can go to. I called to make an appointment for a "meet & greet"/consultation. All practices should be able to make that appointment without charging/billing insurance. I think it is important to actually meet your potential practitioner and not just talk over the phone. I brought a prepared question list with help from this website. Most important to me was who would be doing the delivery and what kind of education and support would I receive throughout my pregnancy, this is my first. It did take some time but it was so worth it, after meeting all 3 OBs, it was a no brainer, we found a practitioner that we really connected with and I am so excited for my first appointment and to get things going. I'm happy I took the time to do the research.

emassey |

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I am an OB doc myself, so maybe I can help you guys understand a little how this stuff works. In an nutshell, you really can't just "interview" a doctor. In general, we will want you to schedule a new patient appt with us--we expect to spent a long time talking with you as a new OB patient (for me, it's usually at least 30 mins), and just like any other business person, we can't do that for free. If you have been receiving prenatal care elsewhere, it is helpful if you bring records with you. What that appointment costs you will end up depending mostly on your insurance--it may have a copay just like any other office visit, depending on what type of charge is submitted to your insurance company. So where to find a good OB? Word of mouth is the absolute best way to find a doctor. Ask a friend or acquaintance who has recently delivered. That's what I tell all my patients when they ask about pediatricians. If you don't know anyone who can give good recommendations, think about what type of provider you would like to see: male or female, solo practice or group (but check on the call arrangements--some solo docs still take call with a large group and do not do their own deliveries), doctor or midwife? By all means, if you are uncomfortable with your doctor, find a new one; the best way to avoid that is to do some background research before you schedule your first appointment.

docmom27 |

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Not that everyone has this but I was lucky to have a sister that worked at the hospital and her personal interaction with each OB Doc helped me decide. I also googled my doctor and found fabulous reviews about her. I'm excited to meet her December 28th!

lizliechti |

Q&A: Interviewing a new OB?

How and where does one even begin to look for an OB? I just moved interstate and don't even have a new PCP and now I have to find an OB (and of course I'm traveling overseas for the next 3 weeks) - this is all so overwhelming, where do I start? Help!

Brook15 |

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ask around and see what you get new mom feed back is the best (still close to labor to want to talk about it)

peasachmom |

Q&A: Interviewing a new OB?

i think asking friends who have children how they liked their ob/gyn. i also asked my mom she is a RN and her opinion mattered to me. my ob/gyn was the dr. who delivered me. i think its a fun story to tell my son that we were delivered by the same dr.

oxmommy |

Q&A: Interviewing a new OB?

I just got a new insurance plan, an HMO. I picked an OB after tons of research, that was in my plan. Well my dumb insurance didn't tell me that with an HMO you have to see a PCP first! Then they have to refer me to an OB. I got the letter in the mail yesterday that said I couldn't go to that doc and thanks to my hormones i busted out crying. My husband thinks I'm looney. I can't stand the whole process. What if I hate the OB then what? Get a new referral?

nichellemybelle |

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If you have access to an OB RN- ask for their recommendations. The RNs in the hospitals know who has good success rates and who doesn't. More importantly, they can tell you who to stay away from.

kanga47s |

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I always want to know what hopitals do they deliver at, then I research the hospital and if I do not like it I move on to the next one. I go to the doctor office and check out the rooms and if the use drinking cups for a urine sample they are very cheap and I go looking somewhere else. Make sure the place is clean and the doctor is an OB doctor with a good rep in the medical community. It took me a while and a few visits to different doctors to finally get it right, but I have it now.

candice61 |

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Ask if the doctors within the practice allow med school students to shadow during births/check ups. Some expectant mothers find it a little awkward to get put on the spot when they're asked if it's alright if a total stranger observes while they're performing an internal exam.

QueenV620 |

Q&A: Interviewing a new OB?

My Gyn doesn't do OB, so I was nervous to meet my new doctor. She answered most of these questions without me even asking. And I feel lucky, that so far I really like her! I will also get to meet the other drs that are on rotation with her for the actual birth.

LilLIsaLuna |

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I just found out Im pregnant. Coisidently, I have a few friends who recently gave birth and/or have young children so I knew it would be fresh in their minds on what they thought of their Ob'd and their practices/beliefs. Friends will be honest. And most likely have many of the same feelings/beliefs you do. That is what I did, and thank goodness..I am very satisfied that I switched to a practice where their offices and the hospital is closer to home and they are soo supportive and said "call any time about any question.

genthb01 |

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late for my period so decided to take a home pregnancy test today which turned out negative. Is there still a chance i could be pregnant. How accurate are these test? Has anyone else been in a similar situation and found that they were in fact pregnant even though test negative? Abd sillt fall like Pregnancy Symptoms

quade2008 |

Q&A: Interviewing a new OB?

I just recently found out I'm pregnant and also moved to NJ and have been searching for an OB. I found one woman doctor that was highly rated so hopefully we like her. My first appt is this week!! So excited to actually get reassured that I'm actually pregnant!!

eluino78 |

Q&A: Interviewing a new OB?

I was sad to find out that my gyn who I love is no longer doing obstetrics. I called her office yesterday to book my 1st prenatal appt and to my surprise they told me she wasn't doing that anymore. they did refer me to another OB so i'm hoping my appt in the next few weeks go well. I'm scared and anxious and I hope i like my new dr. just as my as my current.

Natalie3398 |

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I went to check out an OBGYN before I even got pregnant (because we were trying), I just wanted to meet her and get a feel for her.(She was referred to me by friends) I decided I really didn't "click" with her and ended up going with someone else buy my "interview" cost me an arm and a leg I got a bill for a full Dr. Visit. I didn't realize that Doctors rate your visit and charge you accordingly. She said I had a level 3 visit with her....when I was only in her office for less than 10 minutes. I spent more time in the waiting room. My advice is to ask around..... do your research, and when you do want to meet or interview be very clear when you call that you don't want an appointment... you just want to check out the facility and services they provide.

Blackbirdsview |

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My first appt is thurs (should be about 6weeka along!) and I am seeing the NP for my obgyn that I have been seeing for the last 4 years. I love her! Of course, I also did some extra research to make sure she was the one I wanted! Some things I found to be important to me: how knowledgable is the office staff? Do they know what they are talking about? Are they friendly? A big one: is there an ultrasound machine in-house or do you have to go somewhere else to get the ultra sound? Going somewhere else means having a tech perform the ultrasound and then Going BACK to the docs for the reading... How long are the appointments? Do you have time to ask questions are are you rushed into a physical with little else? What's the availability? I have a crazy work schedule and having flexible appt times is very important to me. It was also suggested to me to get a notebook and fill it with all the questions you have so you can take it to all of your appts! Makes it easy to refer back to answers and if you're anything like me(super scatter brained!) makes it easy to remember your questions! Hope this helps someone! Good luck ladies and congrats!

Sparker152 |

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Shopping around for an OB is available to more women than one would think. However, most don't so be prepared to deal with doctors who are confused with what you're doing. I have a great OB/GYN but was very unsatisfied with my first visit there. Now I'm trying out all sorts of doctors and midwives. It's left all of them quite confused, but I know I will land at the best place for me. Although the questions listed are important, go with your gut and what you're comfortable with. Are they listening to you? Are they in a rush to get you in and out, are you just a number to them? Are they in agreement with your general feelings about birth? (Natural vs. Medical) Are they forcing unnecessary tests? Everyone is different, but for me a mid-wife is who I feel most comfortable with. This may change if my pregnancy becomes complicated so at the moment I am with a group that has both OBs and midwives on staff. Choose what is best for you.

Nessa796 |

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I started asking friends and co-workers who their OB was and how their experience was. It was nice to have a source that I could trust. When initially choosing my OB I went with my "gut" instinct. It was most important to me who I was comfortable with and who I felt really listened to me.

GriffinsMom05 |

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I am also in the process of picking an OB. I have my initial appointment in a couple days and I definitely plan on asking a lot of questions. However, I would say what is most important to me is that both my husband and I are comfortable. I definitely want my OB to seem like she genuinely cares about my questions and concerns and takes the time to give me answers that help me relax and feel at ease! I am also taking into consideration things like years of experience, any certificates or special qualifications and any reviews I can find from other people!

SophieRB |

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Everybody wants something different in a doctor, so make sure you think about what you want (and don't want), and come up with specific questions related to this, in addition to the general questions. For me, I had a hospital in mind that I wanted to deliver at, I prefer a female doctor, and I wanted someone familiar with natural family planning, which my husband and I practice (not so important for during pregnancy, but I plan on sticking with the same doctor for Gyn). I was able to find someone that met these criteria. As a bonus, she is also in line with my preference to avoid medical interventions unless they are really necessary, and I found out that she delivers ALL her patients, no matter the day or time (unless she's on vacation). I saw her nurse practitioner for the first and most of the second trimester, and this is perfectly acceptable--she is an ARNP in Women's Health and can essentially do everything but deliver the baby.

dvmsara |

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Ask lots of questions! Go with your gut....

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gantengsekali |

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How I pick my Midwife or OB is by how they are going to help me have the birth I want rather than have the birth THEY want me to have and how well I can emotionally connect with them with my spouse. OB's are more get in get out you're a burden I need to move on to the next birthing vessel. Midwives are more there for you and the baby to do things the natural way rather than hoping to skip to the next C section with pointless inductions and all of that. The risk of C sections is greatly reduced by midwives and doulas. Also how many options for birthing they give me, there are tons of different birthing options that OB's most generally do not offer because of "hospital protocol" and birth is a robotic thing with them.

Sunshinehippymama |