Changing my OB-Gyn in Middle of Pregnancy

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Making the decision to change your OB-Gyn in the middle of your pregnancy is not an easy step for future parents to make. However, if you find that you are not comfortable with your doctor or are having some concerns about the quality of care that you are receiving; it may be time to do so. In fact, the earlier that you change doctors the better; you will find that the transition is much smoother than you would expect.

1. Reasons to switch

There are a number of reasons that women provide when it comes to switching doctors. It is also important to note that not everyone will feel the same way about a specific doctor that you do.

Every woman and couple is different and you have certain expectations throughout your pregnancy. Your feelings do not necessarily mean that your doctor is not a good doctor, but it may mean that your doctor is not a good doctor for you.

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One of the main reasons that women change OB-Gyns is due to a lack of communication. If you have questions, your doctor should be willing to answer them for you and explain things as detailed as you require them even if they seem to think the matter is routine.

Other reasons that women decide to change could be due to feelings that they are not treated well by their current doctor, when they move to a new city, long appointment times or a limited amount of time that is spent with the doctor during appointments.

2. What steps do I take to switch?

If you have decided to switch doctors while you are pregnant, there are certain things that you should do before making the switch official. The first thing is make an attempt to work it out with your doctor. If you find that you are still having issues or the doctor is not willing to work with you on changes you should begin your search for a new ob-gyn.

Interview

After you have failed to work it out with your current doctor, you should first interview other practitioners in order to find the best one to fit your needs. Make sure that you discuss your original questions with your options as well as new ones that may have surfaced throughout your pregnancy. If you had a second choice doctor throughout your initial interview process, you may want to start there.

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Make the decision

After you have interviewed your other options, you will now need to make your selection. You should think carefully about the things that you want from your ob-gyn and consider your choices carefully.

You should also make sure that your new doctor is taking new patients and will accept your insurance. It is important to note that you may find it more difficult to switch at the end of your pregnancy than closer to the beginning.

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Inform your current doctor

Once you have chosen and been accepted by your new doctor, you must inform your old doctor of your decision. You will need to cancel any appointments that you have scheduled and request, usually in writing, to have your medical records to be released.

Usually, you can have these faxed or emailed, but you may feel more comfortable picking them up in person. Sometimes there is a small fee to have this completed. You should also settle any charges that you have incurred during this process as well.

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Start seeing your new doctor

Be sure that you schedule an appointment with your new ob-gyn as soon as possible. You will need to stick with the typical pregnancy schedule and it is important that you schedule this appointment ahead of time. It is best to call to set up your first appointment as soon as possible so that the timing will work with everyone’s schedule

3. Conclusion

One thing to consider is whether or not you should tell your old practice why you are leaving. Some feel as if the doctor will learn from the experience and feel that it is important to let them know.

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However, the act of informing them the reason is entirely up to you. You should consider this carefully, however, if you do decide to switch doctors. Making the decision to switch ob-gyns is never an easy thing to do. Pregnancy is a sensitive time in a woman’s life and you deserve to feel comfortable.

This can help your pregnancy go smoother and make the delivery process simpler and effortless. However, it is also a decision that should not be taken lightly and you should spend time considering your options carefully before switching.

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Dr. Karen Leham, MD

Dr. Karen Leham is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocronology and Infertility. Dr. Leham completed her residency at Loyola University, followed by a fellowship at UCLA.