How to Pick Your Obstetrician and Questions to Ask!

Shannon M. Clark, MD
July 27, 2020
How to Pick Your Obstetrician and Questions to Ask!

Dr. Shannon M. Clark discusses how to pick your obstetrician and questions to ask! Below are a few questions addressed. Watch the entire video at the end!

  1. Get Referrals and ask friends and family, but be cautious of on-line patient reviews. You can also ask your insurance company what providers are covered by your insurance plan
  2. Decide what kind of practitioner you want: An ObGyn (MD or DO), Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  3. Research the Obstetrician/Gynecologist’s Credentials
  4. Pick a practice and hospital
  5. Look at your insurance and understand your costs upfront
  6. Consider your health history
  7. Who will see me during my prenatal visits? How often do I need to see you during my pregnancy?
  8. Who will deliver my baby?
  9. If I or my baby has complications, how will they be handled?
  10. Can we discuss/review my birth plan? What is your preferred format?
  11. Ask about the doctor’s and delivery team’s philosophies on issues that are important to you, such as:
  • Elective induction of labor after 39 weeks’ gestation
  • Continuous electronic fetal heart rate monitoring
  • Pain management
  • Having a doula present or a birth plan in place
  • Vaginal delivery if you’ve had a C-section in the past (VBAC)
  • Their availability for questions during and after office hours
  • Operative deliveries
  • Episiotomies
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Childbirth and parenting classes offered

Shannon M. Clark, MD

Shannon M. Clark, MD

Shannon M. Clark, MD, MMS is a double board certified ObGyn and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, and founder of Babies After 35. In her roles as a clinician, educator and researcher at UTMB-Galveston, she focuses on the care of people with maternal and/or fetal complications of pregnancy. Dr. Clark has taken a special interest in pregnancy after the age of 35, which according to age alone, is considered a high-risk pregnancy.

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