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List of questions for picking a new OB

My friend got a bfp this morning and she doesn't have an OB. She's going to speak with a few, but is wondering what questions she should ask. This is her first pregnancy.

I gave her a list of basic questions, but I know I've seen some really good stuff come up on the forum here before. Could you guys help out and maybe add questions of your own?


She has it narrowed down to 3 ob's located in the medical building at the hospital she wants to deliver at. It's right by her house.

I told her to make sure they have the ultrasound equipment in house.
Find out who takes the emergency calls in the middle of the night.
When you have a medical question how long does it take for a nurse to call you back and answer your question.
How long does it take to get appointments at the practice.

That was all I could think of...
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461781 tn?1285609481
Be specific about what she should know in the first trimester to take care of her pregnancy (they usually leave you in the dark), what you should eat, avoid, etc.  What are warning signs of something not going right...books that the OB recommends for her to read and area resources for pregnant ladies.

I think it is also important to ask the OB what their c-section, vaginal birth rates are as well as inductions and the use of drugs.  If the OB is open to having a doula or reading her birth plan (if she decides to do one).
What the OB's thoughts are  on Formula/breastfeeding.  If there are lactation consultants in house or at the hospital.  
If the OB is going to be the one to deliver her baby or if he has a rotating staff, if so then is she going to meet all of them.

And she should not settle for the first OB she meets, she should like the OB, trust and feel comfortable with him/her.
363110 tn?1340920419
mumita~ Great things to ask!!
349463 tn?1333571576
Thanks Mumita!
865924 tn?1240327536
Not so much a question but really tear apart the answers. you want an OB that will take the time to explain things fully until YOU understand things. You need to feel comfortable and you need to know that this person is truly looking out for your best interest and not just shuffeling you through the mix so they can collect a check. First time pregnancies come with lots of questions and uncertainties and you want someone that acts like they care and understand that this isn't routine to YOU. Also, make sure the office and support staff are nice. There is nothing worse than a great doctor with staff that "forgets" about you or treats you rudely.
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