Picking your obstetrician can be overwhelming, and we all want the best when it comes to personalised pregnancy care. So how do you decide? Here are some handy tips to consider when deciding on your obstetrician
Ask your friends: For every pregnancy question you ask, your fellow mumma friends are the most likely to give you an honest and realistic answer. Ask what their thoughts were on their obstetrician and what their expectation was for their pregnancy and delivery. Keep in mind which of your expectations differ from theirs. This is important as you and your friends may have different ideals for your pregnancy care and delivery.
Birthing methods: Although all obstetricians are experienced with routine birthing methods, some may prefer one method over others. Some may refuse certain procedures, such as VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean section), or push toward caesarean births and induction of labour. Knowing where your doctor stands can help you to prepare for changes during labour, as well as giving you a little more peace of mind that you are in the best of care.
Patient Reviews: Facebook and Google reviews provide good insight into an obstetrician’s bedside manner, likeability and patient popularity. Although patient reviews may not tell the full story, they do tell one. Consider your own list of what matters most before reading through the reviews. If a review mentions a certain trait, write it down so you can tally up the positive and negatives later. Social media interaction shows how an obstetrician and their staff keep in contact with their patients and community.
Welcome and Service: A call to the clinic is worthwhile to get to know the reception staff. It is equally important to feel comfortable with the whole team, and the staff should want to invest interest and empathy throughout your journey. A great team will accommodate for your needs and make your pregnancy and appointments more enjoyable.
Attitude and Philosophy: Consider your relationship with your obstetrician as important as the relationship you have with your loved ones. You’re relying on them to be your emotional and physical support, to have the answer to all your questions, to be available when you need them and to accept you for who you are and what you believe in. Enquire about their mode of care, stance on birthing techniques, working hours and on-call roster, as well as their interests. Be sure that their antenatal and birthing philosophy is the right one for you. Try to select an obstetrician that best meshes with your own personality. Don’t forget; you are sharing the next seven to eight months with this person!