Not all OBGYNs are evil

12Mar10

Check out this excellent post by Ob/Gyn Kenobi, an OBGYN doctor and blogger.

It’s true that many in the natural childbirth community routinely bash doctors.  Is all of this bashing justified? While I know moms who have had bad childbirth experiences with their OB, I also know of moms that had wonderful experiences with their OB.  The most important thing is that YOU are getting the service that YOU want.  Here are a few questions to ask yourself about your caregiver (OBGYN, family practice doctor, or midwife) to make sure that you are satisfied:

  • Does your caregiver listen to your concerns?
  • Is the caregiver impatient and defensive with you, or open and comfortable with your questions?
  • Does your caregiver encourage you to educate yourself?
  • Does this person inspire your confidence and trust?

(Some of these questions are from Penny Simkin’s book “Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn“.  Highly recommended!)

Not all doctors are evil, and not all midwives are saints.  Make sure your health care provider is a good one.

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