If you're thinking about having a baby or if the pregnancy test has already displayed a positive result, it's likely that you're thinking about who to turn to for care during your pregnancy. Having an obstetrician you like and trust will be key in ensuring that you have a happy and healthy pregnancy. Because you will spend a great deal of time with this physician and his team over the next nine months, it's important to find someone who not only has the education and experience you need, but a trusting relationship that you want.
When looking for an obstetrician, consider the following points:
- Ask for a referral - If you don't have a gynecologist who offers obstetrics as well, ask your friends and family for a referral. This is often more effective than starting with the yellow pages or an internet web search. Finding a physician that someone you know and trust has a good relationship with can help to ease a lot of your anxiety.
- Consider the location - During the first several months of your pregnancy, you'll only have one appointment every four weeks. However, as you get closer to your due date, you'll have appointments every other, and then every, week. Finding a physician with an office close to where you work, go to school, or live will be much more convenient.
- Check out the hospital - If there's a particular hospital, make sure that the obstetrician you choose delivers babies at that facility. If there's only one hospital where your obstetrician works, consider taking a tour of the facility to make sure that you like it as well.
- Schedule a consultation - Once you have a physician selected, it can be helpful to schedule a face-to-face meeting. This is a good time to determine if you feel comfortable with the person, if he takes his time to listen to your concerns and answer all of your questions. Furthermore, if you feel strongly about certain things such a birthing plan, this gives you an opportunity to find out if your beliefs will be supported by his practice.
Dr. Taryll Jenkins of Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine has helped countless women in Katy, TX, deliver healthy babies. He understands that pregnancy can be as confusing and overwhelming as it is exciting and joyful. His entire practice operates with the belief that every patient is an individual and he treats each one as a unique person. Because Dr. Jenkins provides gynecology and other women's health services, he often has lasting relationships with his patients that extend well past their pregnancy. For more information about the obstetric services offered by Dr. Jenkins, call the Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine office today.