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How To Find the OB/GYN That’s Right for You

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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound provides comprehensive women’s healthcare for every stage of life. From that first gynecology visit as a teen, to forty long weeks of pregnancy, to mammograms and other imaging services, Texas Health Flower Mound is there at every stage with your OB/GYN at the forefront of your care. Choosing the best doctor to guide you through the ups and downs of womanhood is incredibly important, although at times slightly overwhelming. Texas Health Flower Mound can help you narrow your search and find a physician to fit your needs.

What is the first step?
Your family and close friends are an excellent place to start! You may be amazed by how many resources you have in those around you—and all you need to do is ask. Quiz your friends about experiences with their own provider. What was the average wait time? Was the office staff friendly? Was working with insurance a hassle? Did the office appear clean? This insider information from your trusted sources is invaluable.

Should I also use online resources?
Visiting a physician’s web page can serve as a great tool. Read their online bios to find out information like: where they went for medical school and residency, how long they have been practicing, and what their specialties include. Oftentimes, doctors include hobbies or information about their families in their bios. Look for commonality—if a certain doctor is a self-proclaimed globetrotter and you are a bit of a travel junkie yourself, that might be a great way to connect. Do they have kids themselves? That’s probably a sign that they can empathize with you during your pregnancy and everyday parenting moments.

You can also find reviews and comments online from previous patients. Oftentimes, these can be found on the doctor’s website. For more objective reviews, search the doctor’s name on websites such as Health Grades or Vitals.

Does it matter if the doctor’s office is close to my home?
Having your OB/GYN nearby is a huge asset. Besides considering the travel time to get to the hospital come delivery, you will be spending a lot of time visiting your doctor’s office in the 10 months leading up to it, with increased frequency as you near your due date. Why spend your time in the car when you could be putting it toward nursery prep or an extra afternoon nap?

What other factors should I consider?
Everyone has different values, goals, and perspectives when it comes to determining what to do throughout their pregnancy and during the birth process. It may be useful to discuss and verify your doctor’s point of view on medical decisions that are not absolutes. Examples include whether your doctor supports vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC); medicated versus natural birth; how often they perform ultrasounds; medical opinions on breastfeeding versus bottle-feeding, and so forth. It is important to not only address these topics, but to find a physician you feel comfortable enough to have these continued conversations with throughout your pregnancy and be on the same page.

What resources does Texas Health Flower Mound offer to women searching for the right doctor?
Visit Texas Health Flower Mound’s website to find a searchable directory of OB/GYNs. You can even filter based on a wide variety of preferences including age range served, location, gender, accepted insurances, degrees, and specialties. This directory will share other important information including practice name and location, office phone number, the physician’s age, and if they are accepting new patients.

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