Switching doctors during your pregnancy can be a difficult decision, especially if you’re in your third trimester and in the final stretch. While it can feel like an uncomfortable breakup, ultimately you need to assess whether or not your main pregnancy priorities are being met. If not, then it might be time to make a change.
You and your doctor don’t see eye-to-eye
Early on in your pregnancy it’s hard to get a feel for what you are looking for in your maternity doctor. Particularly if it’s your first pregnancy, your early appointments are likely spent discussing you and your symptoms. As you get closer to your due date however, the conversation tends to shift more towards the birthing process. If you sense that your doctor is not going to be on board the birthing experience you want, then it might be time switch practitioners. This is particularly important for women who want to pursue a natural birth and feel like their current practitioner is not 100% supportive.
Your questions aren’t answered
Look, we know that doctors are busy people, but if your ob-gyn is rushing your appointment or isn’t taking time to thoroughly answer all of your questions, then you might not be getting the prenatal service you deserve. You should also feel comfortable asking him or her all of the embarrassing questions -- a pregnant woman does experience a lot of weird bodily functions after all.
You’re frustrated with the service
You sit in the waiting room for an hour before each appointment. The nurses and office staff are rude and unpleasant to work with. Your appointments feel rushed. You just overall don’t like the vibe of the office. These all seem like little things, but they do add up. You’ll be spending a lot of time at your provider’s office and if you aren’t happy with the experience early on, first voice your concerns to the office manager and then revaluate whether or not the discomfort is worth making a change.
Before switching providers, it could be helpful to have a little chat with your doctor and let him or her know your concerns. If you aren’t comfortable having this conversation, at least try to let the doctor’s office know why you are leaving when requesting your files so they have an opportunity to fix the problem in the future.