How Do I Choose a Good Gynecologist?
Childbirth is supposed to be a joyful time for parents. Pre-natal care has come a long way in the last 150 years, but pregnancy and birth can still be very dangerous. Obstetricians have not just one life in their hands, but two.
- Find a doctor you connect with. Some women prefer male doctors and some favor females. Either way, make sure the doctor listens to your concerns and “gets” you.
- Make sure the doctor is available when you need him or her. Ask about the doctor’s office hours, locations and availability after-hours. You probably will want a doctor whose office is close to your home and who is affiliated with a nearby hospital.
- Discuss your birthing plan with your doctor. If you want to have a natural birth but your doctor is partial to epidurals and C-sections, you might want to find another doctor who will work with you to develop a birthing plan that’s right for you.
- Ask the doctor if he or she will be the one to deliver your baby. Some doctors are with you every step of the pregnancy but when the contractions come, another doctor from the practice group, one whom you’ve never met, shows up for the delivery.
What Questions Should You Ask Your OB/GYN?
- What hospital do they use when delivering the baby?
- What certifications do they have?
- How long have they been delivering babies?
- Do they accept your insurance?
- What is their birthing philosophy?
- Will they attempt to meet your birth plan expectations, while still watching out for your baby's best interests?
There is no such thing as a stupid question when it comes to ensuring your OB/GYN is the right choice for you and your baby. Don't be afraid to speak up and ask any questions you may have.
What Should I Do If Something Goes Wrong?
Pregnant women may be under extra stress for the nine months they are carrying a baby. But that stress should end after the delivery. If you think you or your baby have been harmed by the doctor, an Indiana birth injury attorney can help you determine if you have a case.
If your baby suffers an injury during the birth process, an Indiana birth injury lawyer can help you maximize your recovery to cover the costs of long-term treatment. The law firm of Theodoros & Rooth, with over 100 years of combined experience, specializes in birth injury cases. Your initial legal consultation is free and we handle personal injury cases on contingency-fee basis — meaning you do not pay attorney fees unless compensation is recovered for your losses through a verdict or settlement.