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What to Consider When Choosing an OB/GYN

How Did You Choose Your Doctor?

A, B, C. . . If only selecting a doctor was as easy as teaching your child the alphabet or thumbing through the yellow pages! Choosing an OB/GYN can be compared to studying for a final exam. There are histories to check, references to get and insurance companies that must be consulted. Some receive referrals from friends and family, while others select one simply based on proximity to their home or office. Many women select their doctor before children are ever even a thought in the back of their head, and then want to reevaluate their decision after they become pregnant. It's a giant headache.

According to a new JAMA study, mamas-to-be may want to spend some time researching where her doctor did his or her residency before signing on as a patient. Research into 4.9 million baby deliveries in Florida and New York found that those delivered by doctors trained in the top 20 percent of obstetric residential programs had less complications than those trained elsewhere.

How did you choose your doctor?

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Chouette4u Chouette4u 7 years
I asked some friends for some recommendations, and three of them (who didn't know each other) came back with the same name. I absolutely loved her (the OB) and am very thankful for my friends who recommended her!
Moms Moms 7 years
I found out which hospital ranked highest in our city and then asked to be a patient of the OB/GYN in charge of the program.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
God, reading all this makes me so glad I live in Germany. I've been seeing the same GYN since I was 13 (it was the same one my mom was seeing) and I instantly felt really comfortable. Also, health care covers basically every doctor. For the delivery I only had a midwive (no doctors until there are complications here). And she was awesome
missyd missyd 7 years
It is New Brunswick :(
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
To Anonymous #7, midwives are really hard to get almost anywhere. There just aren't enough of them yet but they should be covered by your provincial healthcare. And I've heard that they are illegal is some States where I have friends getting ready to deliver.
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
missyd, what province is that? I'm in Ontario (Toronto) and had no problems getting an OB/GYN. I used when deciding. It was really helpful as the first doctor my family doctor recommended had a horrible rating so we asked to switch and our new doctor is really nice.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 7 years
I was really lucky in that my friend was doing her OB rotation for med school when I found out I was pregnant. She had worked with every doctor in 2 practices near my home and recommended her favorites. Fortunately, my insurance covered any of them.
vmruby vmruby 7 years
Actually I decided to go with my doctor on a recommendation from a close friend who was already her patient. She's been my OBGYN for years and I can't say enough great things about her......
missyd missyd 7 years
HA i live in a province where you are lucky if you ever GET a doctor/OB-GYN. Some women are even forced to do without. I lucked into one who had an opening recently, but until then I was stuck with no one for years. so, choose? HA HA HAHA that's laughable. THEY choose YOU, if you are lucky. Doesn'T matter if they are any good or not. GOD I hate living here........
SarahPW SarahPW 7 years
i did research as well, along with recommendations from friends, since I am fairly new to my city. I love him and think he is great, as well as the facility.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
I did a lot of research, and made an appointment with the woman ranked "Best OB" several years in a row by Baltimore Magazine. My husband and I saw her for a "pre pregnancy consult" a couple months ago and she was awesome.
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