Choosing your obstetrician could be a daunting task as you would like to have someone that you trust and get along well with to take care of you and your baby during pregnancy and labour. There are several issues that you need to consider prior to choosing your obstetrician:
1) Decide where you want to deliver. Is the clinic / hospital location convenient, provides the necessary medical facility and the medical expenses are affordable for you?
2) Ask recommendations from your friends, relatives or the hospital. Remember just because they like the obstetrician does not necessarily mean you would too.
3) If you have a pre-existing medical condition or other obstetric factors that makes you in a higher risk pregnancy? If so, then it may be best to choose an obstetrician who specializes or have had experience in taking care of patients with similar condition. In addition, does the clinic or hospital have adequate medical facilities and expertise to care for you?
4) Does the doctor work solo or group practice with a group of doctors?
5) Does a male / female obstetrician matters to you?
6) Schedule an appointment with the obstetrician. Do you and your partner feel comfortable with him? Is your concern or question answered satisfactorily? Will the obstetrician meet your pregnancy needs or labour requirements?
Take time to research and decide which obstetrician you would be most happy to manage your pregnancy.
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