Choosing an obstetrician

Choosing an Obstetrician that’s Right for You

Choosing an obstetrician is one of the first big decisions you’ll make when you discover you’re pregnant. This is an exciting time for you and your partner, and of course you want to make the best choice for you. There are lots of options available to you and everyone will share their well-meaning advice, so how do you decide?

The most important thing is not to feel pressured or rushed into choosing an obstetrician before you’re comfortable with the decision. It’s important that you feel empowered, reassured and in control.

To help you in your decision-making, here are a few key points to consider when weighing up your options.

Choosing an Obstetrician that’s Right for You

Choosing an obstetrician

Choosing an obstetrician is one of the first big decisions you’ll make when you discover you’re pregnant. This is an exciting time for you and your partner, and of course you want to make the best choice for you. There are lots of options available to you and everyone will share their well-meaning advice, so how do you decide?

The most important thing is not to feel pressured or rushed into choosing an obstetrician before you’re comfortable with the decision. It’s important that you feel empowered, reassured and in control.

To help you in your decision-making, here are a few key points to consider when weighing up your options.

1. Your Preferred Hospital

It’s important to bear in mind which hospital you want to give birth at when considering your options. Your hospital choice may be influenced by things like location, facilities and birth options. If you have a short list of 1 or 2 hospitals, you can refer to their websites for a list of obstetricians that deliver there.

 

2. Referral and Recommendation

Of course, you’ll want to ask friends and family if they have any recommendations when choosing an obstetrician. You can also ask your GP when you go for your initial appointment if you don’t already have a preference. This is a good starting point. However, it’s also worth bearing in mind that it’s a very personal choice and what suited someone else may not be right for you.

3. Areas of Speciality and Experience

All Obstetricians in Australia complete the same initial training. In addition, if you have specific considerations for your pregnancy like an underlying health condition, previous caesarean section or multiple birth, you may wish to dig deeper to see what specialist interests or experience each doctor has in those areas.

 

4. Location of Consulting Rooms

You will be seeing your obstetrician regularly throughout your pregnancy. Appointments will become quite frequent in your third trimester, often weekly or more as your due date approaches. When choosing an obstetrician, it’s important to consider how close their consulting rooms are to your home and work, and maybe your partner’s workplace too. Some obstetricians may have more than one consulting room – Dr Kieren Wilson has rooms in both North Sydney and Sydney’s CBD – which can give you extra flexibility for appointments.

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5. Rapport and Alignment

Location, hospital, recommendation and areas of specialty are all essential in your decision-making process. However, the feel you get from the doctor and how their philosophy and approach fit with your own values is important too. Have a good look at each obstetrician’s website to get more of a sense of their style and approach. They will be supporting you and your partner through one of the most important journeys you may ever embark on, so a good rapport is important.

 

6. Research Your Short List

Once you have a few preferred obstetricians on your list, feel free to contact their rooms to ask any questions you might have. Some questions to consider would include the doctor’s fees and availability. Having some of these practical questions answered is likely to help you narrow down and make a final decision.

 

What next after choosing an obstetrician?

Once you’ve made your decision, contact the obstetrician’s rooms to make an appointment as soon as you can. Your first visit will be between 8-10 weeks. If you haven’t already, you will need to visit your GP and request a referral.

For your first appointment with your obstetrician, you should bring along your referral letter, your Medicare card and health fund details, plus any ultrasound reports, blood test results or other medical history records that would be relevant.

 

Good luck! To find out more about our obstetrics services, please contact Dr Kieren Wilson’s rooms and we would be more than happy to answer your questions. Please feel free to email us on info@drkierenwilson.com.au or call 02 9923 4222.

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