Pregnancy involves a journey of pure love but is also filled with questions and appointments. Number one priority is to pick a team that will give you confidence during your pregnancy. You must be sure to feel comfortable with your care provider. It is crucial that your team is respectful of your birth plan. It is ok if you choose a doctor other than the one you have been going to. Research is key for a happy pregnancy. As an Expectant Parent Concierge I assist with helping moms make lists of questions to ask other moms about their experiences, what to look for when reading online reviews, and then assist in setting up appointments with your top three. Vibe and gut play a huge roll in picking your team. Here are some other things to think about beyond comfort.
The Team – Doctors and Midwives often work in tandem ask about the partners involved with who you chose – ask about how scheduling works for birth – if you go with a midwife not partnered with a doctor be sure to ask about doctors or specialist she works with in case of an emergency. Home birth has a whole set of other questions to ask. We will be covering that in the weeks to follow.
Location – You will have many appointments so picking a team in your area will make life a little less stressful
Medical History – If you have pre-existing medical issue it is crucial you pick a team that has history dealing with them and that they are comfortable working with your primary care and specialist. This is a game changer for a smooth pregnancy.
Insurance – This is a complicated world of insurance before you select your top three call your healthcare provider to find out exactly what they cover and if your choices are within your coverage.
A great resource to learn about birth options and explore other moms experience is Ricki Lake’s The Business of Being Born Series.