How to Choose the Right OBGYN for Prenatal Care

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Choosing the right care during pregnancy is the first step in taking care of yourself and your growing baby. Selecting an OBGYN is a very personal decision and one that only you can make.

To help you get started, here are 7 factors to consider when choosing the best OBGYN in Nassau County and Queens for your prenatal care.

Credentials

Finding an OBGYN group with the right skills, education, and experience is important when considering prenatal care. Ideally, you’ll want to find a group who is Board-certified or admissible by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Board certification indicates that your OBGYN has not only completed medical school, but they also completed an additional 4 years of training specifically for obstetrics and gynecology. This deep level of education and specialization ensures your doctor is expertly qualified to provide you with high quality care.

Hospital privileges

Most moms have a pretty good idea of where they want to deliver their baby, so make sure you choose an OBGYN who has hospital privileges at the facility where you want to deliver. OBGYNs who are affiliated with reputable hospitals are typically well-respected by the medical community and practice medicine at the highest level.

At The Woman’s Health Pavilion, we proudly offer maternity services at the Katz Women’s Hospital/Long Island Jewish campus of Northwell Health. This world-class facility offers quiet, single rooms, highly trained staff, and expert sub-specialty support.

Convenience

Finding a provider whose office is conveniently located is important for most of our patients, and it becomes even more important during pregnancy. You’ll want to make sure your OBGYN is not only near you physically, but also has convenient hours that work with your schedule. The average pregnancy requires at least a dozen prenatal visits, so be sure that the office hours and location work for you!

At The Woman’s Health Pavilion, we have 4 convenient locations to serve the diverse communities of Long Island and Queens. Our providers also offer weekend and evening appointments for added convenience.

Insurance

With the rising cost of health care, insurance coverage is a necessity. Because you will be visiting your OBGYN frequently for the next 9 months, finding someone on your plan is essential. Our practice accepts most major insurance plans. To see if yours is covered, visit our Billing & Insurance page.

Compatible philosophy

Most women spend a lot of time looking for an OBGYN who shares their outlook on things like epidural anesthesia, breastfeeding, interventions during labor, episiotomy, and fetal monitoring. Knowing where your doctor stands and if he/she is willing to support your wishes is critical. Ask your doctor what their opinion is on issues that are important to you. This should give you an idea of their general approach to prenatal care and how they respond to emergency situations.

Good rapport

Your doctor should be someone you trust and respect, and who trusts and respects you. Having a good rapport will help you feel more relaxed and confident about your care. And when the big day comes, knowing you are in good hands can make all the difference in your birth experience.

To help you know if your doctor is right for you, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you feel comfortable talking to them?
  • Do they take the time to answer your questions?
  • Do you feel confident in their expertise and judgment?

Your medical history

If you have an existing medical condition – such as heart disease, diabetes, or other high-risk issues—you’ll need an OBGYN who is well-versed in high-risk pregnancies. At The Woman’s Health Pavilion, we work closely with specialists in high-risk pregnancy to ensure the safety of you and your baby.

It may take some time, but doing your homework will help ensure you are with the right doctor and in capable hands. You’ll make many decisions throughout your pregnancy and choosing the right OBGYN is one of them. If you are interested in speaking with one of our board-certified physicians, contact us.

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