Pregnant and looking for the best OB in Cincinnati or Dayton?
We have your answer:
It depends on you!
When you ask us this question, we will answer it with some questions right back:
- What are some of the things that are most important to you while you give birth?
- What are some of the qualities that are important to you in a doctor (or midwife)?
- What does your ideal birth setting look like?
- Where are you located, and how far are you willing to travel?
- What options would you like available to you during your pregnancy, labor, and birth?
Who Do the Doulas Recommend?
Based on your answers to the above questions, we can give you a list of several OBs or midwives. We then encourage you to make an appointment with one, or two or three, and get to know them. Because the truth is, every OB or midwife is the best, for someone! The key is finding the one that is the perfect fit, for you.
As doulas it is important to us to give you all of your options and information, and help you to make decisions that you feel confident and comfortable with, rather than just give you one or two of our own choices. We make it a point to work with all of the local Cincinnati and Dayton providers, and will collaborate with anyone you choose!
How Do I Choose a Provider?
When you are interviewing and choosing a provider, here are some to look out for and ask as you get to know your OB or midwife, and decide if they are the best fit for you or not:
- Ask, "How would you handle ______________ ?" Insert a scenario or two that is important to you, and we can help you tailor this if you aren't sure!
- Pay attention to how questions are handled. Do you feel like all of your questions are addressed, and do you feel respected in the process of asking and receiving answers? Everyone has different communication styles, and you want to make sure that you and your OB or midwife can clearly communicate.
- Ask about how the on-call rotation works if you are seeing a practice with more than one provider, and ask who the back-up is, and how back-up is handled if you are seeing a solo practice. Ask about the likelihood of seeing a back-up in labor, and what scenarios might lead to a back-up being necessary. You can also ask about meeting everyone in the practice, or ask about having the chance to meet the back-up to ask questions if this is important to you.
- Investigate your options at the hospital. It is important to choose a provider you feel comfortable with, and choosing your birth setting is a close second! Check into different options and policies that are important to you, as some of the way that your labor and birth are handled will depend upon the policies of the hospital. We can help you understand these options, and also get some clarity about what is important to you if you don't know already.
Who Did You Choose?
How did you go about choosing your provider, and what were some of the qualities that were important to you? Would you add anything to our list?