Simple Steps To Help You Find The Right OB-GYN (Part 1)
Updated: Nov 7, 2018
Approximately 44% of women with infertility have sought medical assistance. Of those who seek medical intervention, approximately 65% give birth. Whether you're trying to conceive, are already pregnant, or are in need of other women's health care services, there are several steps you can take to ensure that the professional you choose is trustworthy and reliable. Here's part one of our simple and straightforward guide to finding the OBGYN that's right for you.
Prioritize range of services.
First and foremost, you need to be aware that not all women's health care facilities offer the exact same services. While some may specialize only in gynecology, others may take a more comprehensive and all-in-one approach that extends to services like breast health screenings and procedures, holistic health, and/or massage therapy. All of these services work together to provide a hands-on approach to women's health care, and even though you may not necessarily need to take advantage of all of the services of the facility you choose, you can rest assured knowing they'll be easily available if the need ever arises.
Ensure proper certification.
This may seem like a given, but unfortunately, not all women's health care facilities are created equal when it comes to certification, experience, and education. This makes it essential for you to do some homework as an informed patient to ensure proper board certification.
"Choosing an obstetrician that is board certified is essential. The patient should always ask to see the board certification and research a bit before choosing a doctor. Many certified obstetricians will also be a member of the Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (This is the FACOG after their name.) In the case of midwives, choose a certified nurse midwife (CNM)," says BabyMed.
Ultimately, understanding exactly what to look for when researching women's health care facilities is the key to choosing a professional that truly has all of their patients' best interests in mind. Keep an eye out for the next post, where we'll discuss some more steps to take when looking for the right OBGYN.