There are plenty of reasons you may want to consider switching providers during your pregnancy. Usually, it has to do with a certain level of comfort. This is an extremely delicate time in your life, so you, of course, want to go into it feeling as comfortable as possible. This also could do with the fact that you don't like the hospital where your provider will deliver or you are dissatisfied with the level of care. Whatever the case, here are four tips to help you handle it with ease:
- Gather Your Medical Records: To ensure that it's easier for your new provider, you want to have all your medical records ready for them to review. Be sure that you ask your old provider for this. To avoid anything being awkward, you may be able to do this through a web portal or you can simply have your new provider ask for this information to be transferred. Just be sure that you do it right away so that you can be seen right away.
- Don't Worry About Costs: First off, the cost shouldn't change much at all. However, just bear in mind that your new provider may handle it differently. This means the final cost of the pregnancy care may change slightly. Even if it goes up, though, it's well worth it if you are now going to have care that you are happier with in the end.
- Sooner is Better: You should know fairly soon how comfortable you are with your current provider. After all, even in the beginning of your pregnancy, you are going to be seeing your provider fairly often. Once you feel that you want to find a new provider, you should be making appointments. The sooner you are able to switch in your pregnancy, the smoother the transition is going to be since you won't have the stress of transferring when you might end up giving birth soon.
- Talk With Your New Provider About Your Expectations: When switching to a new provider, during your first appointment, you want to let them know what your expectations are. This way, you can have a feeling about whether or not they can be met here. Talk about the birth plan you have in mind and have a list of questions you want to remember to ask, such as what hospital they work with.
With these four tips, you are more likely to make a smooth transition to a provider you are happier with during this sensitive and exciting time in your life. Contact a pregnancy care center for more information and assistance.