How to choose a doctor after finding out you’re pregnant

You’re about to experience changes to your body, family and life as a whole.
You need the right professionals by your side.

You’ve gone through all the test sticks in the box, and those little lines keep staring back at you. It’s confirmed: you’re pregnant! First come a mix of emotions ranging from completely thrilled to terrified. Then come the questions:

“How will I tell my family and friends?” “Am I having a boy or a girl?” “What do I do next?”

One of the most important next steps is deciding who will care for you throughout your pregnancy and during your labor and delivery. Here are some answers to the most common questions that newly pregnant moms often have:

What’s an OB-GYN?

An OB-GYN is a doctor who cares for women during their pregnancies and delivers babies. OB-GYNs have completed four years of medical school, a four-year residency program and a three-year fellowship. You may already visit an OB-GYN for your annual well woman’s care visit.

Is there anyone else I can see during my pregnancy?

Yes. A family medicine doctor – You may be able to continue seeing your family medicine doctor for care during your pregnancy and delivery. Check with your doctor to find out more.

What should I ask my doctor at my first appointment?

Your first appointment can be exciting and stressful! Here are a few questions to help:

  • What foods can I eat?
  • How do I handle morning sickness?
  • Can I continue exercising?
  • How often will I see you throughout my pregnancy?
  • Who will deliver my baby? At Westfields the physician you see during your pregnancy most likely will be the one delivering your baby. At other hospitals, the OB-GYN you see during your pregnancy often won’t be the one delivering your baby when you arrive at the hospital or birthing center. Be sure to ask what the practice is where you choose to receive care.
Will costs differ depending on who I get care from?

Costs vary based on where you deliver and what type of delivery you have, not on who delivers your baby. It all depends on your health insurance plan. Chances are, not every hospital or birthing center is included in your specific policy. Likewise, there are different insurance coverage levels associated with C-sections and vaginal deliveries.

It’s best to check with your health plan to understand your individual policy. There’s no such thing as a silly question. Member services representatives are there to answer exactly these types of calls.