If you are unhappy with your current provider, don’t be afraid to change to a new doctor or midwife. Many women change providers during their pregnancies, for any number of reasons. These may include:
- Not feeling as if you’re listened to
- Not feeing as if your provider spends enough time with you
- Having different philosophies of birth
- Long waits for appointments
- Loss of insurance coverage
Choosing the right provider is vital to maintaining both your health and your baby’s.
To change your provider, please follow these steps:
- Select an OB/GYN or midwife. If you do not have a new provider in mind, search our directory for an OB/GYN or midwife near you.
- Contact the new provider’s office. Call the provider to ensure that he or she accepts your insurance and is willing to take you as a new patient. Some providers will not accept new patients who are between 36-38 weeks. However, even at this stage, switching providers isn’t impossible. Your chosen provider might make an exception if you explain the situation.
- Request your medical records. Call your previous provider’s office and request that your medical records be sent to your new provider and / or hospital. Note that there may be a copying fee for this service. Your records should be available to your new provider before your first appointment. If you’re nervous about hurting your previous provider’s feelings, keep in mind that no confrontation is necessary. When you request your medical records, it’s unlikely that the staff will ask why you’re leaving. If they do, giving them an honest answer can help to improve their practice.