Feel like switching to a different OB office

How many of you moms have switched to a different OB or OB office and how many times have you switched in one pregnancy? And why did you switch? Were you satisfied with the switch?

My first pregnancy and I'm on my 3rd OB. I had to switch providers the first time due to me moving 2 hours away. The 2nd switch because my OB didn't deliver at the hospital I preferred AND because she made biased comments about inducing me at 40 weeks due to the typical condition of placenta for someone my age.

Tonight I'm thinking I don't care for the on call OB who I've interacted with twice now. I could tell she was annoyed that I called again, 2 days in a row, about the swelling in my hands and feet. Her response "You are reading too much internet." I replied, "No, I'm being proactive and I want to know WHY I'm more swollen today than yesterday when it wasn't as hot out and I'm drinking more water." She saids, "It was still hot just not sunny." Me: whatever...seriously...

I appreciate providers who welcome the research that I do because I want to find answers. I just hope I don't have her for labor and delivery if my OB is assisting another patient. This would suck as I don't care for this OB I talked with.

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    07/14/14
    I had to switch about halfway through becausey insurance got changed. I had another doctor until 5 days before my son was born. I just couldn't take her any longer. I knew something was wrong and she just didn't seem to care. I found a new doctor because I didn't want her anywhere near me again. The doctor that delivered my son was amazing! I'm so glad I switched.
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    07/14/14
    I'm glad you found a doctor that you liked to deliver your baby. All too often I come across moms who put up with their OB because they felt they were past the point of being able to switch. I don't have much of an opinion on my current OB, but her colleagues are total you-know-what. I'm a little nervous about having to deliver with a couple of those OBs as they've made comments that make me feel like they just want me in and out or that I've totally interrupted their evening when I call after hours.
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    07/14/14
    I would totally switch then. Your first baby is always so nerve wracking anyhow and not really trusting the doctor that's there would not be a good situation. I know for me I actually requested that the hospital not allow my old doctor into my room if she were the on call doctor. There was a nurse I did that with as well. They made sure neither of them ever came in.
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    07/14/14
    That's a great tip! I might see if the hospital can arrange for me NOT to have 2 doctors in particular attend to my birth if one of them happens to be on-call. The male OB that was on call at my appointment when my OB was delivering a baby, did not make a good first impression with me. Now this evening's OB was just rude like she was annoyed with my questions and research. If I switch to a totally new provider, I wonder if my OB will talk to those other 2 doctors to see what's up.
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    07/14/14
    They will communicate with each other but just to get medical history. It's funny because when I had my son the nurses where asking me about the situation and I found out that no one liked my old doctor. But you can definitely request that they not be allowed in your room. My brother and sister in law did it when their daughter was born. And that hospital made sure she wasn't allowed near my sister in law. And that doctor was in the group that worked for my sister in laws doctors office.
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    07/14/14
    I called the hospital that I'm delivering at, and the nurse said she would put a note in my chart. she said the 2 OBs have bad bedside manners, but they're GREAT doctors and would be great at the delivery. she said the nurses do most of the work anyway and they would help advocate for me if needed. she told me to talk with my OB about my request and my experiences with those 2 OBs. she said most of the OBs deliver their own patients, and there could still be a possibility that I get stuck with one of the 2 OBs. she emphasized to talk to my OB at my next appointment.

    as a back up, I'm going to call the other OB clinic and see if that other OB I could've gone with is still available as a back up OB should the conversation with my current OB not go so well....
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      07/14/14
      I considered switching although the doctor was great the one nurse in his office is well...very judgemental and just rude. Not. To my fiance by the way.she's all over him.
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        07/14/14
        5Jen
        Um?? I don't want to Put more on your plate, but I would switch OB's! If I have any swelling, I just make a trip in for them to check it out, and they will check y blood pressure. Same as if the baby is not moving as much, I just go in to hear the heart beat to reassure myself. I've been with them for over 20 years. (3 OB's in this practice) Anyway, you need to really trust your OB. That conversation you had with her, turned my stomach! No, that is now normal OB behavior.....Hang in there, you'll find the right one!!! :)
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        07/14/14
        Yesterday's on call OB said I could go to the hospital to get checked out, but that she didn't think there was anything wrong. I think it's her tone and how she comes across. Yeah, I get she's annoyed because she took my call at 9pm, and I called 2 days in a row. She seemed annoyed because I did some research...like that's unheard of in this day and age where the internet is at our finger tips. We're an informational society...

        I've been to the hospital to get a fetal check, and I'm aware now of the option to go if I notice anything peculiar with baby. I don't really know my OB doctor, but the few interactions I've had with her are neutral.
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          07/14/14
          I switched after 3 months due to moving and got referred to the office I used. I felt comfortable with all but one and thankfully both I had during labor were 2 that I'd seen frequently. The one who actually delivered my son I saw for a month straight for all my appointments. My mom actually goes to the same OB office and the OB she saw was hoping I went until my due date (Thanksgivig) because she was on call and just loves our family! Sadly I went a week early. If you have time I'd research the office and all of the doctors.
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          07/14/14
          5Jen
          Well, if you don't like her tone, and that's pretty much it, maybe your all set then?! One of the three OB's in the practice I go to, I really like, and he is not liked by too many. It's his bedside manner, has ZERO! Buuuut, he got the job done in a professional way and that's what I really cared about! The other two are more coddling, and understanding. Either way, as long as you can talk to her, or feel like you are properly being taken cared of, I think you will be fine!
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            07/14/14
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