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Choosing a Doctor

Your doctor is going to be your best friend for the next forty weeks, so choose wisely. Follow these steps when choosing a doctor: 
 


      

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Choosing a Doctor

Your
doctor is going to be your best friend for the next forty weeks, so
choose wisely.

 

 
Follow these steps when choosing a doctor:  
  1. If
    you don’t have a referral, check the phone book or online local
    listings for doctors in your area; be sure to take into consideration
    the approximate travel times to get to the offices from your home and
    most importantly, from your job.
  2. Consider
    what kind of patient experience you want; some doctors will  work with
    you in the decision-making process and talk to you about your
    options—others prefer to tell you to take the path they consider best
    without much discussion.
  3. Will
    you see the same doctor for your entire pregnancy or is it a group
    practice? What if your doctor is not available for your delivery? Does
    your doctor have any pre-planned vacations or other engagements one
    month before or after your delivery date?
  4. Make
    an appointment with multiple doctors—this is the trial and error
    period. This will give you a chance to meet the doctors without having
    them treat you.
  5. Evaluate
    your experience—did the doctor make you and your partner feel
    comfortable? Did the doctor’s personality sit right with you? Are the
    hours convenient for you?
  6. Talk
    with your insurance company; be sure to check coverage and out of
    pocket expenses for many different services; are phone consultations
    billed differently than physical visits? What happens if the birth is
    past business hours? Or a C-section is required? 
 

 

 



      

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