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What is the best way to choose a healthcare provider? How do I decide on the best place to give birth?

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Dr. Eugene Louie-Ng
Obstetrics & Gynecology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Ask your friends

This is usually the best way, since people you know and trust can give you an honest opinion on their experience with healthcare providers and hospitals where you may be interested in delivering.
That being said, you should still check to be sure your providers are properly credentialled and the hospital is also properly certified.

In brief: Ask your friends

This is usually the best way, since people you know and trust can give you an honest opinion on their experience with healthcare providers and hospitals where you may be interested in delivering.
That being said, you should still check to be sure your providers are properly credentialled and the hospital is also properly certified.
Dr. Eugene Louie-Ng
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Dr. Craig Keathley
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Get recommendations

Talk to your friends-- word of mouth is a good place to start.
Check their credentials online, verify board certifications. Check malpractice history or board complaints. Check your hospital-- how many deliveries do they do?, is anesthesia in house 24/7?, is nicu available? If you are using a birthing center-- do they have physician back up? What hospital would you go to in an emergency?

In brief: Get recommendations

Talk to your friends-- word of mouth is a good place to start.
Check their credentials online, verify board certifications. Check malpractice history or board complaints. Check your hospital-- how many deliveries do they do?, is anesthesia in house 24/7?, is nicu available? If you are using a birthing center-- do they have physician back up? What hospital would you go to in an emergency?
Dr. Craig Keathley
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Dr. Louis Cooper
Ask your obstetrician for pediatric recommendations. If your OB works with a particular group, you might want to start with their recommendations.
Dr. Alysia Townsend
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Internet resources

If you are new to a community and need to choose a physician, you can use the internet as a resource to find board certified physicians, or those whom are practicing at the hospital of yoru choice.
There are reviews available of physicians online, which should be taken with a grain of salt, but can at least give you an idea of your care provider's education and background.

In brief: Internet resources

If you are new to a community and need to choose a physician, you can use the internet as a resource to find board certified physicians, or those whom are practicing at the hospital of yoru choice.
There are reviews available of physicians online, which should be taken with a grain of salt, but can at least give you an idea of your care provider's education and background.
Dr. Alysia Townsend
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Dr. Alysia Townsend
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Word of mouth

One of the best ways to choose a healthcare provider is by word of mouth.
The recommendations of your friends, family and colleagues can be very useful in knowing whom to trust. You can choose a doctor/provider based on the hospital system you prefer, or if you are happy with your doctor you will be treated by them at any hospital at which they have privileges to practice.

In brief: Word of mouth

One of the best ways to choose a healthcare provider is by word of mouth.
The recommendations of your friends, family and colleagues can be very useful in knowing whom to trust. You can choose a doctor/provider based on the hospital system you prefer, or if you are happy with your doctor you will be treated by them at any hospital at which they have privileges to practice.
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