[Parentsgroup-list] Switching OB/GYNs

Ayfer Karakaya Stump stump at fas.harvard.edu
Thu Nov 20 10:36:11 EST 2008

Hi everyone!

While we are on the subject of choosing OB/GYNs, I would like to get 
some advice from the list members about how to change doctors.

I am almost seven months pregnant. I have been seeing a doctor at 
Brigham where I was referred to by a gynecologist at the Cambridge 
hospital. (I wanted the referral because my pregnancy is regarded as 
high-risk because of a blood-related condition that I had when I was a 
teenager. I had a related episode during the second trimester of my 
first pregnancy, and had to take low doses of steroids for the rest of 
my pregancy because of it.)

But I don't really like the doctor I am seeing at Brigham. He is 
inattentive, rushes you during visits, and does not seem to respect your 
wishes and intelligence. I considered switching to another doctor within 
Brigham, but didn't do anything about it partly because one of his 
nurse-practitioners to whom I implicitly suggested my possible desire to 
change doctors seemed rather put off by what I said, and suggested that 
it would something difficult to do because most doctors at Brigham don't 
take new patients.

So my questions are as follows:

1) Has anyone switched from one OB/GYN to another one within Brigham? 
How did you go about doing it? And did you experience any negative 
repercussions afterwards because of it (such as being treated as a 
trouble maker by the nurses etc.)?

2) So far I have assumed it might be better to stay with Brigham because 
of my high-risk pregnancy, which renders a C-section delivery much safer 
than a natural one. But after reading all the messages, I have been 
thinking that maybe I should switch from Brigham to a doctor at the 
Harvard University Health Center. But I understand from the messages 
that even if I choose my OB/GYN from the HUHC, I will be sent to Brigham 
for the delivery, although it will still be my Harvard Center doctor who 
will attend my delivery. Do I understand this correctly?

3) If you choose an OB/GYN from the HUHS, can you request to be sent to 
the Cambridge Hospital, rather than to Brigham, for the delivery. And 
does anyone have any ideas as to whether the Cambridge Hospital would be 
as fully equipped as Brigham in case any serious complications occur 
during delivery?

Sorry for the long, message,
and thanks in advance for all your suggestions,


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