When you’re pregnant or trying to conceive, a good doctor makes a world of difference. It is important to be comfortable with the doctor who is going to take care of you and your baby, right from the time you found out, until the time you hold your little one. If you’re wondering what makes a good doctor, here are some things to keep in mind while choosing your ob-gyn.
- Caring, Sympathetic and Sincere
It is very important to find a doctor you trust and feel comfortable with. When meeting a doctor for your first check-up, see how attentive they are towards your questions and how much ease they put you in. A doctor who genuinely cares about your well-being is likely to pay more attention to symptoms and will keep investigating if a treatment is not working. They will also help you through challenging situations like your childbirth.
- Open and Responsive
Ideally, your ob-gyn should be willing to listen and take time to answer your questions or concerns. It isn’t just a sign of courtesy – it shows that your doctor genuinely listens to your carefully and tries to help you overcome your issues before or during pregnancy, rather than handing out random test procedures.
- Knowledge and Expertise
A good doctor understands the bigger picture of your overall health and how to maintain and improve it. In order to do this, your doctor must be well-versed with the latest medical research in their field. Apart from having the knowledge, your doctor should be willing to communicate it in a way you can understand. They should be able to make sure you understand the steps to a healthy pregnancy, practical advice like how to recognize the signs of labor and pregnancy symptoms that need medical attention.
- Popularity and Reputation
Most people choose their doctors based on word of mouth. If you hear about a doctor who is highly recommended, do your research about them before finalizing. Try to consult a range of people so you’ll have a choice and a basis of comparison. Look for reviews online and pay attention on feedback before you meet them.
While your doctor might be available during their regular hours, make sure they’re easy to approach even after. Ideally, if your doctor is unavailable, they should have another doctor as a replacement to attend to your questions. If your doctor answers your phone calls any time, it might be more reassuring for you.
- Waiting Time
When looking for a doctor, find out how long on an average patients need to wait when they come in for an appointment. Ideally, your doctor shouldn’t make you wait for too long. They should be able to balance their time as needed, to give enough attention to all their patients. Every patient should be equally important to the doctor and they shouldn’t put you on indefinite hold even on their busiest day.
These are some of the things that you should keep in mind while choosing your doctor. Apart from these, meet a couple of doctors and consider your gut feeling too. Our doctors at KIMS Cuddles can help you feel comfortable and take your call.
*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.