Children's doctor - Choosing your Doctor and Hospital
you are expecting finding a good doctor and maternity home becomes
first priority. At this stage you need reassurance that you are
in the best of medical care and that your maternity home has facilities
for every eventuality, however remote. So how do you locate this
is the difference between a Gynecologist and an Obstetrician?
The Gynecologist deals with women related problems while
an Obstetrician deals with pregnancy and delivery. In
India this difference is not that relevant as most doctors
in this field specialize in both the areas.
Start by asking around. This is not the time for random selection
- the doctor should come recommended by someone you trust.
you've made a list, check the credentials of each of the doctors
thoroughly. Don't let a long list of letters fool you - find out
what they stand for.
next stage is checking the hospital the doctor is affiliated to.
See whether the location and timings of the doctor's clinic and
the hospital suits you. In an emergency you don't want to find
yourself traveling 1hour to reach your destination.
is the waiting time in his clinic? Do you have to sit around for
hours every time you visit?
is his attitude? Does he talk to you as if you are just a case
for him or does he treat you as a person with whom he is going
to share the wonderful experience of birth?
is his attitude towards phone queries?
are his views on issues such as the presence of the father in
the delivery room, putting the baby on the breast after birth
etc. Do these views match yours?
most important thing to check is your doctor's leave
Does she plan her leave in advance so that you don't
have to suddenly change doctors in the middle or even
worse on the day of delivery?
she leave behind a locum?
she involve the locum in your case before she leaves
so that you are both familiar with each other?
Hospital - the hospital and the obstetrician are integrally
linked. Your doctor can only recommend a hospital he himself is
attached to so it is important that the doctor you choose is affiliated
to a hospital or nursing home suitable to you. What should you look
for in a good maternity hospital?
Visit the hospital and visualize yourself in it - how does it
far is it from your house and how much time do you take to get
there, especially at peak traffic hours. Remember you may need
to get there fast!
homes may give more comfort and personal touch but hospitals
have better support systems in case of emergencies.
Check the rooms-will you be sharing it with another patient, is
the bathroom attached, is there place for a family member to sleep
in, is there place for you to keep your things?
they allow food from outside- both for you and your attendant?
Is there a canteen or any other food service for the person staying
is the attitude of the nurses-helpful, polite or do they seem
keener on gossiping. They are going to be extremely important
at the time of delivery and afterwards.
the hospital accept payment by cash or cheque? Do they require
payment at the time of admission or after discharge? Are the rates
they have a common labour room? How clean is it?
they allow the husband into the labour and/or delivery room?
is their policy regarding allowing the baby to stay with the mother
? Can he stay in her room or is he taken to the nursery?
the Equipment available. Is there a ventilator? Does it have other
tertiary care facilities and doctors of all specialties? You don't
want to waste valuable time transporting to another hospital in
is the nursery like? The nursery is going to be looking after
your baby for the first few days of his life, so it is important
to check the nursery facilities
the nurses helpful or are they rigid in their approach?
is the policy in terms of prelactal feeds , demand or schedule
and meet the Paediatrician
who is going to be present at the time of delivery.
it better to have a male gynaecologist or a female gynaecologist
Only you can decide this question satisfactorily. This
is purely a matter of personal preference . Discuss
this with your husband and make your choice clear to
your doctor beforehand so that the locum chosen is of
the preferred sex.