If you've recently learned that you're pregnant, your mind is probably on finding the best obstetrician to care for you and your baby throughout your pregnancy. If you already have a gynecologist who also provides obstetric services, also known as an OBGYN, this may be a seamless transition in your care. However, if you don't currently have a physician to turn to, it will be important to find one quickly, as prenatal care is critical to the health of both the mother and the baby.
Dr. Taryll Jenkins of Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine knows how important the relationship between doctor and patient is during a pregnancy. In addition to all the physical changes a woman goes through, she often has many emotional changes and questions along the way. Here, Dr. Jenkins provides several tips for patients who are searching for an obstetrician.
- Start with referrals - Do you have a friend who likes her obstetrician? Get the phone number! We turn to our friends and family for referrals for stylists and furniture galleries, why should patient care be any different.
- Meet with the physician and the team - Take the time to schedule a consultation. In addition to learning about their approach to patient care, take in the office environment. Do appointments run on time? Are other patients happy? Does the team greet you and make you feel welcome? Do you feel comfortable with the physician?
- Consider location - While, for some, medical specialty locations may not be critical, a pregnant woman will visit the obstetrician many times over the course of the pregnancy. During the first several months, patients have a scheduled checkup only once a month, but as the due date approaches, those visits increase to once per week. It's important to understand this schedule and the implications of a long or inconvenient commute.
If you're expecting and are looking for prenatal care, call the office of Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine today. Dr. Jenkins has helped countless women in the Houston area navigate their pregnancy and deliver happy and healthy babies.
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