It’s Okay To Change Your OB/GYN
Recently a mom told me the OB she was seeing was unsupportive of her request to have a waterbirth in the hospital where she was going to birth her baby. The doctor refused and said no hospital in New Jersey does waterbirths. Which is totally untrue (I work in a hospital that does). So, she found another OB/GYN that supported her request and switched to their practice.
It’s important to know that you CAN switch OB/GYN care providers if you don’t like them or like how they treat you during your pregnancy. Your emotional happiness, or not, through pregnancy can influence your birth experience.
Many women go to the same OB/GYN they’ve seen for years and stay with them during pregnancy and birth because it “easier”. Frankly, this may not be a great reason if your OB/GYN doesn’t share or support your birthing wishes. Easier isn’t always best for you – even if you have known them for years!
You are a consumer and you have every right to interview, decide, choose, and change care providers to ensure you get one you are comfortable with. This is your body, your birth, your baby.
Aren’t second opinions recommended for others who are ill and NOT having a baby? The fact is, you are a healthy women having a baby – a normal, natural event, and actually also have the right for a second opinion on who’s going to birth your baby as well as how!
So. Ask your provider questions that will spark insights into their philosophy of birth and care. Ask about for example:
- waterbirths in the hospital
- having a Doula
- using a birthing stool
- eating during labor
- inducing only after 39/40 weeks if neccessary
- do they have a midwife in their practice
Call your birthing facility and ask what’s available. Do they offer waterbirths, etc., and go on a tour! If you go into your birth experience with “blind” eyes, it may not turn out the way you want. Knowledge creates options and you won’t have any if you don’t ask.
This is your right. Review the post on “Rights of Childbearing Women”