What you need to know about transferring prenatal care

OBGYN Lauren Hyman, MD, shares advice on everything to know about changing prenatal care during pregnancy and finding a new obstetrician
What To Know About Transferring Prenatal Care
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What you need to know about transferring prenatal care

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It is not uncommon for people to have to move during the course of their pregnancy. Jobs get relocated, family situations come up and often may absolutely love her practitioner, she may be forced to leave him or her and go to a different location. Finding a new obstetrician can be very stressful and it’s something you want to make sure you do in a timely manner because you want to make sure you do in a timely manner, because you want to make sure that distance between your visits is appropriate for your prenatal care. Also there is obstetrician that won’t accept patients as transfer patients or in the 3rd trimester, and this can depend on the state. The important thing when you’re looking for a new obstetrician is to make sure that obstetrician understands your philosophies with your ideas about pregnancy and labor. Sometimes you can get recommendations friends. I tell some of my patients who are moving that if they don’t have a friend who can recommend a good job to them, they can call the hospital up where they intend to deliver and ask the laborer in delivering nurses. If they know of a good obstetrician or a midwife, a good reference can be found that way. You also want to make sure that you have all of your records with you when you transfer to a new doctor. It’s very frustrating when I see a transfer patient and they don’t have any of their records with them. I don’t want to start from the beginning and there is lot I need to know about the patient to make sure that her pregnancy is safe and there aren't any additional medical issues that I need to know about to keep her and her baby safe. That’s one of the main reasons doctors don’t accept transfer in the 3rd trimester. They fear that because they have not followed the patient all the way through the pregnancy, there may be situations but they don’t know about, and they don’t want to have pregnant women in a dangerous situation that they didn't anticipate, because they weren't aware of her entire history. Definitely you need to bring your prenatal records from your previous obstetrician to your new obstetrician. Any labs that were done, any interim can be sending to the new obstetrician, the records can be transferred once you get to the new obstetrician. Well it can be very stressful to move and it can be very stressful to change doctors. Know that any doctor that you switch to should be one that you feel safe with and you trust implicitly because, they will be delivering your baby. It’s also nice when she delivered your baby with a new obstetrician to send a birth announcement to the old obstetrician, so they can know that you delivered safely and everything is okay with you, because you know they will be wondering and they care about you too even if they were not at the actual delivery.

OBGYN Lauren Hyman, MD, shares advice on everything to know about changing prenatal care during pregnancy and finding a new obstetrician

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Lauren D. Hyman, MD

Obstetrician Gynecologist

Dr. Lauren Hyman is a board-certified obstetrician gynecologist. After receiving her ScB from Brown University and her medical degree from Yale University, Dr. Hyman returned to Southern California where she has been in private practice in the West Hills area for fifteen years. She can be seen weekly on Hallmark Channelʼs Home and Family Pregnancy Series and is a contributing writer on mom.me. She lives with her husband and two children in Los Angeles.

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