How to pick an OB/GYN

January 18, 2012 12:00 AM

Q: What questions do I ask while shopping for an Ob/Gyn?

A: Patients need to be their own advocates. I tell patients to come armed with both questions that they may have regarding the pregnancy and with expectations they have for their delivery. An open line of communication with your health care provider prevents miscommunication. For example, if you desire a tub birth with minimal intervention, a midwife may be more of an appropriate choice over a traditional physician. Also, by talking with a provider, a patient can sense whether or not they are being heard and if the provider is giving them enough time in the office. A patient who is rushed in the office may not build the rapport they need with someone who is going to perform a very special task, delivering their baby. Ask about the practice style, number of deliveries per month, percentage of C-sections, number of scheduled inductions. The answer to these questions will determine whether or not a practice will meet your needs.

Dr. Somi Javaid, OB/GYN; Co-Founder MamaDoc

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