Choosing who will help care for you during your pregnancy, labor and delivery is very important. There are several types of Scottsdale obstetrics health care providers who can care for your needs during pregnancy and childbirth. Be sure to explore your options and evaluate what is most important to you before making a decision.
Some Scottsdale obstetrics health care providers to consider include:
- Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs): Specially trained, licensed professionals experienced in providing obstetric and newborn care, CNMs provide comprehensive, family-centered maternity care from the first prenatal visit through labor, delivery, and after the birth of your baby.
- Obstetrician-Gynecologist (OB/GYN): A medical doctor who is specially trained to provide medical and surgical care to women, OB/GYNs spend four years after medical school in a residency program studying pregnancy, reproduction, and female medical and surgical problems.
- Perinatologist: Also called maternal-fetal medicine specialists, a perinatologist is an obstetrician who specializes in the care of women who may face special problems during pregnancy.
- Family practitioner (FP): A medical doctor who specializes in the health care of all family members. Some FPs provide normal OB/GYN care, but will refer high-risk pregnancies and other problems to an OB/GYN.
How Do I Choose a Scottsdale Obstetrics Health Care Provider for Pregnancy?
Choosing a health care provider for pregnancy depends on your level of risk for complications. If you have high blood pressure, diabetes, or a history of previous pregnancy complications, are younger than 18 or 35 and older, you should seek care from a health care provider experienced in treating women with your type of medical condition, such as an OB/GYN or perinatologist.
If you are at low risk for complications, your family practitioner or a nurse midwife may be right for you.
Once you decide on the type of Scottsdale obstetrics provider that best suits your needs, you will need to select the one. You may want to schedule an introductory visit to meet with the health care provider you are considering to determine if you feel comfortable with him or her.
Here are some questions to ask during your meeting.
- How long have you been in practice?
- When and where did you receive training?
- Are you board-certified?
- Do you have professional or patient references?
- Have you had any problems with your medical practice? (To get this information, contact your state medical licensing board.)
- What are your general philosophies about pregnancy, labor, and delivery? (Think about how they align with your own beliefs.)
- How many babies do you deliver per week?
- What is your cesarean delivery rate?
- Are you in a group practice? If so, will I see every provider with whom you rotate during my doctor visits? Do I have a choice about whom I see and who delivers my baby?
- Who will I see at each appointment?
- Will you be in town around my due date?
- If I have a question, whom do I call? Who responds to the calls? Do you accept questions via e-mail?
- Am I allowed to write a personal birth plan? Will it be respected? A personal birth plan is a written agreement between you and your doctor as to how your baby will be delivered.
- What is your policy on inducing labor if I go beyond my due date?
Another important thing to consider when selecting a Scottsdale obstetrics health care provider is where you want to deliver your baby. If you have a certain place in mind, you need to make sure that the provider you choose has the appropriate privileges at that facility so he or she can deliver your baby there.
If you are pregnant – or are trying to become pregnant – call our office today to schedule a consultation and we’ll answer all of your questions to put you at ease!