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When I first found out that I was pregnant, I had already started to think about switching OB/Gyns.  I had been going to one the entire time that I've gone to an Ob dr. and I had never been to anyone else (aside from my RE, which is a little different).

So I started to do a little research. 

I knew from the get go that I wanted a female and that I wanted a referral.  Also, because I was pregnant at the time, I was also worried about distance from my house, appointment times that were available, if I would have a nurse that I would work directly with, where I would deliver, having a mostly natural birth, how many people the dr would allow in a labor room, who would be available if it wasn't available, etc...  On top of all of those things, I wanted someone that just made me feel good.  That had good bed side manors and just was a good dr. with not only my interests in mind, but the best medicine practice as well.

My reasons for switching from my previous OB/Gyn to this dr.:
  • Location.  Not only was the location of her practice out of my way and not convenient, she also only delivered at two hospitals that weren't convenient to our home or our work.
  • Lack of draw.  I had been going to her for so long that I felt comfortable, but I never left there feeling amazing or like she was really acting like my cheerleader.  She was interested, a little, but never was really proactive.  She did what she could do but never went completely above and beyond.  She has done a lot for me in the past but I felt like we just reached a point where there was really nothing more that she wanted or could do for us.  So it was just time to move on.
  • Stinger.  My mom had been going to this dr. prior to her diagnosis with ovarian cancer.  From what my mom was told from her cancer dr., my previous OB/Gyn had found a spec or growth on one of my mom's last exams with her.  She noted it in my mom's chart but never mentioned anything to her about getting it checked out.  A year later she had a colonoscopy and the growth was the size of a tennis ball.  My mom never went back and kept requesting that I switch as well.
  • Appointment Times. Although they would probably they have plenty of available appointment times, they just could never match them up for when it was easy for me to get there.  Not to mention the drive time that it would take to get there.
There are some other things that I know I've said about the reason for switching but I can't think of them all right now.  But just those alone were enough for me to want to make the switch.

So I got a referral from a friend who goes to a practice in our town. She goes to the male dr. in the practice but knows the female dr. well enough to refer me to her. So I set up a consultation appointment.

Leaving that appointment felt really good!  Not only did I really like her because she was easy to talk to and let me ask all of my crazy pregnancy questions but she was really interested understanding my history and figuring out where I stood emotionally with the whole process.  She is a really great dr. and I'm very happy with the switch.  I knew that from the moment I left the dr.'s office.

At 9 weeks, when I went in for my 1st ultrasound with my dr. (even though at that point I had already known we didn't have a heartbeat), I met with another dr. in the practice following the discovery of the no heartbeat.  And he was just as good.  He's actually the dr. that my friend sees.  He just really made sure I understood my options, understood what was going on and really made me feel good (as good gets) when you're in that situation.

Then when I went in for my d&c and came out feeling woozy, my dr. went and talked my husband.  When my procedure was delayed because of a birth, she talked to him again.  She's just a great dr. and really informative.

The only down fall is that I only have 1 hospital option for delivery, but I'm very comfortable with that decision now that I've experienced it with the d&c.  Great staff and great location to our house!

So that's that. 

And we couldn't be happier about it.  Now, we just need to keep trucking along so we can get pregnant again!


Jeannie said…
LOVE the new layout!! Very nice!
Amanda said…
Hi Jill, I came across your blog through Josey (My Cheap Version of Therapy) and right away, I noticed our stories are very similar. I too went through a miscarriage recently (no heartbeat on May 11, D&C on June 2) and reading your posts, I can completely identify. And I also turned 28 recently, on July 2nd! Anyways, good for you for being your own advocate and finding a doctor you connected with. Sometimes this can make all the difference :)
I'm so glad that you found a doctor/practice that you like. And, I feel that your reasons for leaving your previous practice were INCREDIBLY warranted.

You're so positive and I admire you.

I can't wait to read about when you ARE pregnant again.

P.S. Please don't ever feel like you don't have cheerleaders... you have MORE than you'd ever know. All right here on the interweb.

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