Posts Tagged ‘obstetrician’

Who will delivery your baby?

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

baby arrivesGetting early and regular prenatal care is very important for having a healthy pregnancy and baby. The first step in getting prenatal care is to choose your prenatal care provider. This is the medical professional who will care for you during your pregnancy. You have options, so think about it. Will one make you feel more comfortable or confident?

You can choose either a doctor (physician) or midwife to take care of you during your pregnancy and to deliver your baby.
• An obstetrician (OB) is a doctor who specializes in the care of women during pregnancy, childbirth and recuperation from delivery. About 8 in 10 pregnant women choose obstetricians.
• A family practice doctor is a doctor with training in all aspects of health care for every member of the family. A family practice doctor can be your health care provider before, during and after your pregnancy, and your baby’s doctor, too.
• A certified nurse-midwife is a registered nurse with advanced, specialized training and experience in taking care of pregnant women and delivering babies. Certified nurse-midwives are licensed to provide care before, during and after delivery.
• A maternal-fetal medicine specialist is an obstetrician with special training in the care of women who have high-risk pregnancies. If you have risk factors that could complicate your pregnancy, your prenatal care provider may refer you to a maternal-fetal medicine specialist.

It’s important to choose a health care provider who makes you feel comfortable and listens to you. Click on this link for a list of questions to consider when making this decision.

What is a maternal-fetal medicine specialist?

Friday, March 15th, 2013

A maternal-fetal medicine specialist is an obstetrician who concentrates on the care of pregnant women and babies in high-risk situations. Another name for this doctor is a perinatologist.

A maternal-fetal medicine specialist treats women with a number of conditions. Complications with mom’s health, include:
• A history of multiple miscarriages or premature birth
• Diabetes (gestational or preexisting)
• Hypertension (high blood pressure)
• Preeclampsia
• Infectious disease (toxoplasmosis, parvovirus, HIV/AIDS, etc.) or chronic illness
• Rh disease
• A family history of heart, kidney, or other disease

A maternal-fetal medicine specialist often treat pregnant women who are carrying multiples (twins, triplets or more) as the risk for preterm birth is significantly increased.

This doctor also specializes in the care of women whose baby is known to have:
• Abnormal fetal growth
• A known birth defect or suspected genetic disorder, such as Down syndrome, Trisomy 13 or Trisomy 18
• A baby with macrosomia (too large)
• A baby with fetal growth restriction (too small)

If you find yourself in a position where the risk of complications is higher than the average pregnancy, ask your current health care provider for a referral to a maternal-fetal medicine specialist. You may or may not need the extra care, but it will be good to get a second opinion.

How to choose a prenatal care provider

Monday, July 9th, 2012

your providerWhether you choose an obstetrician, a family practice doctor, a certified nurse-midwife, or a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, the first step in getting prenatal care is to find the best provider for you.

Choose a health care provider who makes you feel comfortable and who listens to you. Questions you may want to consider include:
• Does the provider have a good reputation?
• Does the provider listen to you and take the time to explain things clearly and thoroughly?
• Are you comfortable with the gender and age of the provider?
• Does the provider make your partner feel comfortable, too?
• Is the office staff pleasant and respectful?
• Is the location of the office convenient? Do the hours fit your schedule?
• What hospital is the provider affiliated with? Does the hospital have a good reputation? Is its location convenient?
• Is the provider in a solo, group or collaborative practice?
• Will you always be seen by the same provider during your office appointments?
• Who covers for the provider when he or she is unavailable?
• Who handles phone calls during office hours? Does the provider charge for phone consultations? How are calls and emergencies handled after hours?
• Does your insurance cover this health care provider?

It’s OK to ask for an informational interview with more than one provider before making your decision. This is an important time in your life and you want to feel as comfortable and well cared for as possible.

In search of a prenatal care provider

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

doctorGetting early and regular prenatal care is very important for having a healthy pregnancy and baby. Choosing the right care provider is your first step, but how do you know who to choose? Should it be an obstetrician, a family practice doctor, a certified nurse-midwife or a maternal-fetal medicine specialist? Here’s a link to info on who’s who in the profession.

It helps a lot to choose a health care provider who makes you feel comfortable and who listens to you. Questions you may want to consider include:

– Does the provider have a good reputation?
– Does the provider listen to you and take the time to explain things clearly and thoroughly?
– Are you comfortable with the gender and age of the provider?
– Does the provider make your partner feel comfortable, too?
– Is the office staff pleasant and respectful?
– Is the location of the office convenient? Do the hours fit your schedule?
– What hospital is the provider affiliated with? Does the hospital have a good reputation? Is its location convenient?
– Is the provider in a solo, group or collaborative practice?
– Will you always be seen by the same provider during your office appointments?
– Who covers for the provider when he or she is unavailable?
– Who handles phone calls during office hours? Does the provider charge for phone consultations? How are calls and emergencies handled after hours?
– Does your insurance cover this health care provider?

Remember, if you find that you are partway through your pregnancy and are not happy with your care, you are perfectly within your rights to look for another provider and make a change.  Do what is best for you.

Choosing a prenatal care provider

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

OK, it’s time to choose a health care provider for your prenatal care. How do you know who will be right for you? You can choose either a doctor (physician) or midwife to take care of you during your pregnancy and to deliver your baby. Here’s a Who’s Who:

• An obstetrician (OB) is a doctor who specializes in the care of women during pregnancy, childbirth and recuperation from delivery. About 8 in 10 pregnant women choose obstetricians.
• A family practice doctor is a doctor with training in all aspects of health care for every member of the family. A family practice doctor can be your health care provider before, during and after your pregnancy, and your baby’s doctor, too.
• A certified nurse-midwife is a registered nurse with advanced, specialized training and experience in taking care of pregnant women and delivering babies. Certified nurse-midwives are licensed to provide care before, during and after delivery.
• A maternal-fetal medicine specialist is a doctor with special training in the care of women who have high-risk pregnancies. If you have risk factors that could complicate your pregnancy, your prenatal care provider may refer you to a maternal-fetal medicine specialist.
Here’s a link to things you’ll want to think about or ask while you’re making your decision.