If you've recently found out you're pregnant, selecting the best person to help deliver your baby is probably at the top of your mind right now. You want to make sure that you and your baby are in the most capable hands, receiving top of the line medical care and compassion.
How can you be sure of making the right choice?
The fastest way to make sure you DON'T get a recommendation that's right for you is to ask on social media “who is the best OB in central Maryland?”
But wait – isn't crowdsourcing the ultimate way to get trusted answers? Not when it comes to choosing your midwife or obstetrician. That's because each person likes their provider for their own reasons. Your relative may have had certain medical or emotional needs that their care provider met – but you don't have the same needs. The provider your friend adores might not mesh with your personality at all.
So how do you find a good doctor to attend your birth?
It all boils down to: you have to know what you want, from your doctor and from your birth. If you're not sure, these questions will help you to discover your answer.
- What kind of birth do you want to have? If you want to go epidural-free, you need a midwife or OB who encourages patients who choose that route, and has a low Cesarean rate. If you are high-risk and will require an induction or Cesarean, you need an experienced OB who's in the operating room saving lives on the regular.
- Where do you want to have your baby? Certain providers may not have privileges at every hospital in your area, or choose to limit their practice to those closest to their office. Others may split time at different hospitals.
- What kind of bedside manner do you prefer? All parents are different – you might like a soft-spoken, hand-holding doctor who reminds you of a kindly relative, or you might like a no-nonsense, peer-aged provider.
- Do you prefer a male or female? Due to past experiences, religious beliefs, or personal comfort levels, some people have a strong preference as to whether a male or female provider attends them during labor and birth.
There are no wrong answers to any of these questions: they simply help you determine what you need from your personal care provider. You can even take into account things like which practices are in your insurance network, which side of town you're on, and how smoothly the doctor's office functions.
Now that you know that you prefer (just for example!) a male doctor with offices in Mt. Airy or downtown Frederick who accepts BCBS and will attend your unmedicated birth at Frederick Memorial, you can ask your social media mom group to recommend you the BEST OB-GYN in central Maryland!