Choosing The Best OBGYN In Sydney For Your Pregnancy
If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, chances are you will be investigating the best OB/GYN in your area. There are several considerations to think about when deciding which OB/GYN is the best for your pregnancy.
You will maintain a close relationship with your OB/GYN through the term of your pregnancy and in antenatal care so it’s worth choosing a doctor that is properly educated, that has opening hours that suit your schedule, that is affordable and that delivers the best care. I have put together the following guide to assist you in choosing the right OB/GYN for your pregnancy.
Choose A Fully Licensed OB/GYN
It’s worth double checking with every OB/GYN you find to see what sort of background they have in medicine. A good gynaecologist will have at least one university degree and many years of experience in this sector of the health industry.
Most hospitals will be able to provide information regarding a doctor’s background, but it’s worth interviewing to make sure you’re comfortable with their qualifications and history in medicine. This is particularly relevant if you’re aware you are having an abnormal pregnancy. In this case you may need a specialist in obstetrics. It’s worth making sure your OB/GYN can help you in your specific situation.
Choose An OB/GYN With Availability That Suits Your Schedule
Most doctors are extremely busy. You might only have limited notice before you need an appointment, so it’s worth choosing an OB/GYN who works relatively close to where you live. Location is incredibly important because with pregnancy you might need an appointment at inconvenient times, for example if labour begins in the middle of the night. It’s helpful to choose a practice where there’s always an obstetrics and gynaecology professional on call, like Dr Stamatopoulos, in case you need medical assistance at short notice.
Choose An Affordable OB/GYN
Although Medicare covers an annual wellness check at an obstetrician, you will need multiple visits to your OB/GYN as you fall pregnant and your term unfolds. This is especially true during early pregnancy and with high risk pregnancy. It’s best to choose an obstetrician/gynaecologist that is covered by your insurance.
If you don’t have insurance, keep in mind that most women’s health professionals will charge the same rates. However, it’s worth asking around for the best price anyway just to make sure you’re not out of pocket as you prepare to give birth.
Choose an OB/GYN That You Get Along With
Receiving obstetric care is a personal experience, so for your own wellbeing, it’s best to choose a doctor with great bedside manner and good communication skills. It’s worth asking for referrals from patients who have visited the doctor you’re investigating to make sure that your personalities click.
You will have a close relationship with your gynaecologist throughout the term of your pregnancy, so a strong bond between you and them is a must. There’s nothing worse than changing doctors halfway through a pregnancy, so be sure from the start that you get along with your OB/GYN to a great extent.
Contact Dr Nicole Stamatopoulos
If you have fallen pregnant or are trying, call my offices today to book a consultation at your earliest convenience. I am open for visitation at the Prince of Wales Private Hospital and my clinic in Bondi Junction Monday to Friday, 9:00AM-5:00PM. Call me on 0408 444 306 to have a conversation about what I can do to help you as your pregnancy unfolds.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRANZCOG) and have three degrees from the University of Sydney. I was a medical student and completed my training at the Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick and I have a special interest in women’s health. I think you’ll find my bedside manner calm, courteous and professional at all times. I look forward to hearing from you soon and wish you all the best with your pregnancy.