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Help! How Do I Pick An ObGyn?

Hi all ?

 

I am brand new to these boards and over the weekend, I just found out that I?m pregnant!  Yay!  I want to make an appointment ? but not sure how to go about in choosing a doctor.  A few co-workers just recently had babies so I was thinking about asking them for a referral, but I wasn?t sure if I wanted to tell people about my pregnancy until a little bit later.  Any suggestions as to what I should do?  Thanks!!

Re: Help! How Do I Pick An ObGyn?

  • Congrats and welcome! Lots of ladies in here will have great recs. Where do you live? Choosing a Dr that is in line with your plans is important. Example: if you want a natural drug free birth but your dr has a high c section rate, it might not be a good fit. My friend's ob scoffed at her and said "nobody actually chooses that in the end". She found someone else. Proximity might be important for you too. Also, don't rule out a midwifery group. They're great too.
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  • We've been trying for a little while - so I'm not sure why I didn't look into these things before!!  Anyway, I live/work in downtown Seattle.  I'm already a patient at Swedish - so I was thinking that choosing a doctor there would be easy - but looking online, I found that they had quite a few doctors and I'm not sure how to choose!  And - I noticed they do have midwives as well (which is something I am somewhat interested in - my mom used to be a midwife!).  I'm completely confused - I guess I don't know where to start! 
  • Congrats! Ditto what pp said, definitely think about what kind of birth you want. I wanted to be out of the hospital so I had both kids at the Puget Sound Birth Center and loved it! I would definitely recommend a midwife. 
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  • First of all congrats! Choosing a Dr really depends on what lind of birth you want. My first Dr was an OB, loved him to pieces but he discovered he had cancer and took a leave of absence. I did not like the bedside manner of the others in his practice so I decided to go elsewhere. I endef up going to Group Health and met with a nurse, discussed what I wanted and we reviewed the profiles of the Drs that delivered as I wanted a family Dr who would see all of us from day one. I LOVE our Dr and was so glad I chose him. He has an awesome bedside manner, listened to me, worked with me, and even held my hand when I had to get a spinal for my emergency c-section. He did not push the c-section route and we only went that way after I spiked a fever, my BP spiked, and my son's heart rate started dropping. I love my Dr. Also, if you don't feel you find what you want, switch! You have to be very confortable with the person delivering your child.
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  • I just wanted to say congrats! I don't have any advice on doctors in Seattle, as I am in the south sound. I, too, got a BFP this weekend but I have the extreme luck in having one of the best OBs in the area as my aunt! So a built in doctor for me :)

    Good luck with everything!

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  • Congrats! I'm in the process of picking a doc too -- my OB only provides care up to 36 weeks, then will transfer me to a doc at Swedish, but I'd rather transfer sooner to get to know the doc better. So don't stress if you haven't picked one right away (though you may not want to wait as long as me =) ). I don't have any specific recommendations, but think the PPs gave you great advice!

  • Big Congrats! I go to Northwest Women's Healthcare at Swedish First Hill. My Dr. is Megan Smith and she is just plain wonderful. I'm a FTM and have a ton of ridiculous questions and anxiety and she always puts me at ease. I can't recommend her enough! Good luck on your search!
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  • Thanks for the great advice!   I was scheduled for my annual at Northwest Women's in just a few weeks, so I called in, cancelled my annual and scheduled an appt. with a doctor there. 

    I've been reading that doctors usually don't see you right away, so I was prepared for a far out date when they scheduled my appt. (it's on 12/28)...but even though I was prepared, I'm still a little freaked out about waiting a month!  I guess I'm just being  a worry wart!
  • Congrats!!

    Asking for referrals is definitely useful -- and if you've been going to your regular doctor for a bit now, you could definitely ask him/her, too. :)

    I ended up deciding on an OB in the same clinic as my regular family doctor (who sees DH and I, but doesn't do deliveries anymore), and they deliver at Swedish. :)

    Another thing that's good to know early -- call up your insurance company and see if they have a maternity program. Ours does, and we got some nice freebies out of it. :)

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  • Congrats!

    I used to see Dr de la Torre at Seattle OBGYN (Swedish). I liked her a lot for an OBGYN, in that she listened to me and recommended me to a naturopathic doctor and a physical therapist for issues I was having that I didn't even know could be treated (pre-pregnancy), so she seems fairly open-minded. However, she is very typical OBGYN in that my time with her was short and rushed, and after about 10 minutes she was ready to get out of there and seemed annoyed when I had questions. I'm sensitive to this, it was typical doc stuff, a natural consequence of a high patient load, so don't read too much into it if you like that traditional care style. She knew her stuff and was generally gentle and respectful. She is part of a big practice and if you go into labor during non-business-hours you get whoever is on call to attend you, also pretty standard practice for OBs offices and something to keep in mind. I would recommend her if you're looking for that kind of care.

    I preferred a different care style and so am having an out-of-hospital birth with midwives, which I'm very excited about! I'm not loving my current midwife group, but even so my appointments have all been at least 30 minutes, usually 45 min-1 hour, and I feel like I am important to them while I am there. Midwifery is a different mindset and care style than obstetrics, and it's just what I prefer! If you want that, too, there are lots of options around, and the Center for Birth recently opened in north Seattle which allows many midwife groups and independent midwives to deliver in one location which may be convenient for you while giving you options.

    As for how to pick, if you're thinking of going with an OB ask friends for referrals. If you want, just tell them you need an OBGYN and see if they have a recommendation, I did that even when I wasn't pregnant! You definitely want to get a feel for how that doctor handles his/her practice and patients though, and others' experiences are helpful in that. Also call and ask for the office's stats on c-sections, episiotomies, and anything else important to you (if any of that is important to you) to get a feel for how they actually operate. If you're thinking of going with a midwife start calling and making appointments! Most all midwives will give you a free hour-long meet-and-greet appointment where you can ask all your questions and get to know them and their style. A few posts after yours I put up a request for people to recommend their midwives, so you might look there to get started if you want.

    Congratulations again, and good luck in this journey!

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  • image Kaye Smith:
    We've been trying for a little while - so I'm not sure why I didn't look into these things before!!  Anyway, I live/work in downtown Seattle.  I'm already a patient at Swedish - so I was thinking that choosing a doctor there would be easy - but looking online, I found that they had quite a few doctors and I'm not sure how to choose!  And - I noticed they do have midwives as well (which is something I am somewhat interested in - my mom used to be a midwife!).  I'm completely confused - I guess I don't know where to start! 

    Congrats! I am also with Swedish. I picked the Seattle OB/GYN clinic, which is on first hill and connected to Swedish hospital. I have to admit, I just picked my doc off the list of docs there, but I really like her and all the doctors at the clinic. I am hoping to do a drug-free VBAC, and she's totally onboard. A lot of people told me Swedish First Hill was a baby factory, but I haven't found that mentality at all yet. It's my second baby, and I vastly prefer this care to what I got with my first.

    http://www.seaobgyn.com/  

  • hi kaye! it looks like you already have your appt setup..so i just wanted to say HI! and that i remember you from TK. congrats on your pregnancy!


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