Do you want the doctor who performs your annual checkups to help you deliver your baby? Or perhaps you’re selecting an Ob/Gyn for the first time, want to switch doctors, or have decided to seek care from a midwife.
If you’re in the market for a new caregiver, you’ll want to start things off on the right foot — let us help!
You can use the following printable checklist tool to help find a prenatal caregiver — ob/gyn or midwife — you like and trust, and who will take fantastic care of you and your baby.
Here, we have some questions you can ask your caregiver-to-be. The answers you get will help you decide whether or not the doctor or midwife you’re thinking about using is the right one for you.
Click to download and print your prenatal caregiver checklist
- What are the office hours? Do you have evening or Saturday hours? How much time is allowed for a routine visit?
- Will I see you each time we have an appointment, or will others in the practice see me?
- Will you or others in the practice discuss health problems over the phone? Do you charge for such “telephone time?”
- What happens if I have an emergency outside of office hours?
- Are you a member of the health plan I belong to?
- How must I pay for care?
- Where will I deliver?
- How do you feel about me obtaining a second opinion?
- What is your medical training and where did you go to medical school?
- Are you board certified?
- How many babies have you delivered?
- What prenatal tests do you usually recommend, and why?
- Do you handle high-risk pregnancies (such as multiple gestations or older mothers)?
- What is your basic philosophy of birth?
- What is your cesarean section rate?
- How often do you induce labor, why and how?
- How do you handle problems or complications that may develop during labor?