If you have started to think of having a baby or have discovered that you are already pregnant, one of your first decisions should be picking the right OBG (obstetrician and gynaecologist). Every woman and every pregnancy is different. This means that all of us use different criteria for finding a doctor. You need to be absolutely comfortable with your OBG, as he or she would be seeing you through your entire nine month journey, ending with the delivery. Here are a few tips that will assist you in selecting a suitable obstetrician-gynaecologist.
- Gender– It is important for you to feel comfortable with your Ob/Gyn’s gender because you will need to openly discuss personal information. If you are not comfortable with a male doctor examining you and your private parts, choose a woman.
- Reference– Ask people! Ask family, friends, colleagues, your partner’s colleagues and neighbours for recommendations. Talk to others who have given birth recently
- Online Reviews from Other Patients/ Doctor’s credentials/patient feedbacks – Reading what other people have to say about a doctor can provide insight into how a doctor practices medicine, as well as how his or her medical practice is operated. Look for the doctor’s credentials. Start from the hospitals that the doctor has been with, and do take into consideration the educational degrees.
- Evaluate Communication Style – Your obstetrician is going to be on your side during some of your most vulnerable moments .Choose an Ob/Gyn with whom you are comfortable talking, who welcomes your questions and answers them in ways that you can understand, shows an interest in getting to know you, who will consider your treatment preferences, and who will respect your decision-making process.
- Availability –unfortunately, the better the doctor is the busier she/he would be. .However, It is very important to find out about her availability on phone, messaging and emergencies.
- Hospital – Your doctor’s hospital is your hospital. For this reason, consider the quality of care at the hospital where the Ob/Gyn treats patients.
- Team – On the delivery day, it is this team who would spend maximum time with you – the doctor would appear only during the final minutes. Therefore consider finding out about the team as well.
- Time Spent – You need a gynaecologist who is not rushing from one appointment to other without pausing. You need someone who is relaxed no matter how many more patients are waiting after you. You need someone patient enough to answer all your questions, no matter how minor it might sound
- Finances – If you are insured, find out if the hospital/clinic is covered in your insurance. If not, find out how much you would be reimbursed. If you are not insured, find out the hospital and doctor consultation fees and see if it fits your budget and family income
- Trust your gut instincts – Last but not the least! If you feel uncomfortable with the doctor, the team, the hospital or feel in sync with other OBG, you can reconsider.
- Dr Afroze Fatima