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How to choose your OBGYN

Updated: Oct 21, 2022

Choosing your Gynecologist / Obstetrician can be sometimes tricky, and lucky if you are able to bond with your Obgyn in the first meeting!

Pregnancy is one of the important phases of a woman’s life and choosing the right ob-gyn plays a very important role! As you will be in contact with your ob-gyn for the entire pregnancy, the experience matters!

Here are some of the key points to consider before you choose your ob-gyn. Do not worry if you are not able to tick all the points for your ob-gyn, sometimes it can get difficult to find the right ob-gyn even if you are in the best place with facilities.

Do not be too hard on yourself, these points are to give you an idea before you fix your ob-gyn and If the bonding is great between you and your ob-gyn, then you are among the lucky ones!

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How to choose your ob-gyn while pregnant

  • Ask your trusted friends/colleagues for a reference, and ask about their experience with the ob-gyn.

  • Try to know how long he/she has been practicing. It may emphasize the particular area of interest or experience he/she has.

  • Remember to look for a doctor near your vicinity. Even if you have the contact of the best doctor, if it takes an hour to reach there, then it is not going to help you.

  • Read reviews from other mothers, and check their online presence in medical portals.

  • Your ob-gyn should be able to spend some time with you during your visits and be ready to really listen to you.

  • Check for the hospitals the ob-gyn is associated with and the facilities associated with the hospitals.

  • If you are a second-time mother and opting for VBAC (Vaginal Birth After C-section), talk to your ob-gyn initially to understand if the doctor supports and is equipped to perform a VBAC.

  • How the ob-gyn makes you feel on your first visit? You can consider this experience to fix on your ob-gyn.

  • The doctor’s availability over the phone. Not always but once in a while when you really need to speak.

  • Is the doctor open to addressing mental health and wellness?

  • Lastly, trust your instincts! Do not be in a hurry to fix the doctor, because it is really important that you are comfortable with your doctor.

  • Choosing a gynecologist for pregnancy means you are going to bond with someone who will be supporting you throughout the pregnancy period and after the delivery. So, the person must be friendly, helpful, responsive, reliable, and patient to make your journey comfortable.

Key points to remember

If, after you have chosen an Ob/Gyn, things don’t seem to be working, have a frank, polite discussion with your doctor about your concerns. If you can’t work out your differences, changing your doctor may make sense.

However, be aware many doctors do not like to accept new patients in the third trimester. And if you want to deliver at the same hospital, but with a different ob-gyn, check the arrangements before so you don’t end up in the awkward situation of being delivered by the doctor you chose not to continue care with.

There are many decisions to make during pregnancy, and choosing an Ob/Gyn is one of the most important! Do your homework and do not settle for the first name you come across. You want confidence you and your baby are in the most capable hands.

Also, keep in mind that you are not stuck with your decision. You are in control of your health care. If your OB-GYN relationship doesn’t seem to be working out, try to talk about your concerns. Sometimes it might be a simple matter of clearing up miscommunication or misunderstanding, and then everything goes smoothly.

But if you feel you need to switch to a new doctor, that’s okay, too. One doctor cannot be the best fit for all patients! Not every patient is comfortable with all the doctors. Do your homework, take time, and do not be rigid with your decisions.

Relationship with your ob-gyn

  • Feel good factor varies for each individual. You should know that not every doctor can be friendly. But is your doctor making you feel comfortable?

  • Do you feel scared to speak with your ob-gyn?

  • Is your ob-gyn educating you whenever and wherever needed?

  • Is he/she all ears when you are speaking?

  • Is your doctor being honest with you?

These are some key factors to think about when you choose your ob-gyn and interact with her/him.

Let us know if you need any contact with an ob-gyn, we could help you with that!


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