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Let’s face it, women get to know their OB/GYN very well and often carry on intimate conversations with them. Trust and comfort are incredibly important to making this relationship work!
Selecting an OB/GYN is a big decision. There are many qualified physicians out there but finding the one that is the best fit for you is most important. Let’s take a pregnancy for example–you and your physician will need to work closely before, during and after your pregnancy to ensure a good outcome. Prenatal visits are frequent and, closer to your due date, you’re going to be spending time with your OB/GYN every single week. You are also sharing one of the most pivotal moments of your life with your OB/GYN, so you better make sure they are someone you like and respect.
A great place to find an OB/GYN is word of mouth–ask your friends and neighbors who they use. Women are usually more than happy to share their opinions about their OB/GYN. Many OB/GYNs offer a free meet-and-greet visit so you can see for yourself if you will have a good rapport. Ask questions that are important to you and go with your instincts (if something seems amiss during the initial meeting this may not be the right physician for you).
If you’re new in town and need help finding a physician, a local physician referral line is available by calling 745-DOCS.
There are many things you will want to learn about your new OB/GYN, but I would recommend asking:
• How long has the physician been practicing and how many babies have they delivered?
• When and where did they receive training?
• Are they board-certified?
• What are their general ideas about women’s health, pregnancy, labor and delivery?
• Who will you see at each appointment– that particular physician or a partner?
• If you have questions or concerns, how can the physician be reached?
Another component to consider when choosing an OB/GYN is their office staff. Sometimes you may have a lot of communication with the nurses and front desk staff, so make sure they treat you well and you feel comfortable with them.
You will also want to consider what hospital you will be using if you are anticipating having surgery or delivering a baby–make sure that its patient satisfaction and quality scores are exemplary. Many hospitals offer new, spa-like rooms but fancier rooms are little comfort if you don’t receive good quality care. Look for one that will provide the best of both worlds.
Just like in love, you may have to try out a few in order to find the one that was meant for you. But, in the end, when you find the right match, you will be happier in the long run.