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Checklist: Interviewing A New OB

These are the things you'll want to ask when you're trying to decide on a new doctor.

Finding the right doctor to guide you through your pregnancy and protect you and baby during delivery can be a daunting task. But it can be a lot easier if you know what to ask. To help you make an informed decision, use these questions as you interview new ob-gyns.

  • If it’s a group practice, what are your chances of having your primary OB deliver baby?

  • Who will be there if your primary OB isn't available in an emergency or when labor begins?

  • What hospital is the doctor or practice affiliated with?

  • What is the cesarean rate?

  • Does the doctor (or group) perform episiotomies as a matter of course?

  • What is the doctor's attitude about patients having a birth plan with their personal preferences?

  • How does the doctor feel about pain medication during birth?

  • What are the after-hours policies? Is the doctor available by phone or email for questions between visits, or is there a nurse who can answer provide advice and answers?

  • What experience does the doctor (or group) have with high-risk pregnancies?

  • How many babies do they deliver per year?

After your interview, ask yourself if the doctor really listened to your concerns and seemed comfortable with your views on pregnancy, childbirth and medical care. If the answer is no, keep looking until you find the right fit.