[Parentsgroup-list] Switching OB/GYNs
heberlein at wjh.harvard.edu
Thu Nov 20 12:40:51 EST 2008
I'm not sure if it would be covered by your insurance, but I was very
happy with my experience at MGH. I was not high-risk but had a
recent pregnancy loss while being seen by the midwives there; all 4
of the OBs I encountered over the course of dealing with that were
extremely kind, professional, and competent. I'm happy to provide
more info if you are interested.
At 10:36 AM -0500 11/20/08, Ayfer Karakaya Stump wrote:
>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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