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First Appointment Questions

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

First timer here, and I am really nervous about my first apt.  I want to make sure that I ask all the right questions to make sure I get the answers I'm looking for.  What are some of the things that you are going to/ or asked on your first apt.  My apt. isn't until Oct 18th (I will just be 8 weeks) and I want to make sure I am well prepared.  Thanks for the advice :)

post #2 of 5
First thing, its ok to not ask everything at the first appointment. I think the goal of the first appointment should be to get a general idea of the philosophy of birth of your provider, get any specific questions about symptoms/tests/etc. answered, get a few book recommendations and their general pregnancy packet of info, and find out if any of your dealbreakers are things they "require" (they can't really require stuff because of consent laws, but they can bully/cajole/threaten/etc. to the point of it basically being a requirement). You can always follow up with questions at later appointments and it is best to go over things for the birth at later appointments again so that your provider will actually remember, doesn't hurt to touch on things early, but just keep in mind you'll want to remind them. Even with midwives, they still probably have quite a few patients, with OBs they definitely do. I'm not sure what kind of birth you are looking to have, so here are a few links to get you started:

http://alaskabirthnetwork.org/10-questions-to-ask-your-o-b-or-midwife
http://www.whattoexpect.com/forums/august-2011-babies/archives/here-39-s-a-list-of-questions-to-ask-your-ob-midwife-long-post.html

At my first appointment last time with my OB, she made sure I was reading some books and taking a prenatal, gave me a folder with hopitals they deliver in and websites for them and other contact info, general do/don't for eating food and taking medication, book reccomendations, a couple magazines related to pregnancy/parenting, some prenatal samples, info on prenatal tests, breastfeeding handout and a short pregnancy handout. She went over symptoms where I should call immediately, but also said to feel free to call anytime too. I conveyed my interest in a natural birth and went into a few details that I wanted to make sure she was ok with (episiotomy, free-movement during labor, no pressure to take pain meds, etc.). I think we briefly discussed breastfeeding too and went over the "big" foods to avoid and she made sure I knew that most medication was off limits. She did go over the recommended weight gain briefly, but then said that everyone gains differently and they only weighed every appointment to make sure there wasn't a sudden gain/loss that didn't make sense as that could point to a problem (I loved his so much since I gained way more than reccommended). She also briefly went over what to expect in general for the appointments (big U/S at X weeks, X test at Y weeks, etc.) and specifically for next appointment and encouraged me to find a pediatrician, sign up for hospital tour, birth class and breastfeeding class. Due date of course too. Obviously examined me and did to a quick vaginal U/S to hear the HB and verify if there were twins and I did pee in a cup to check for protein in the urine. Also filled out some paperwork and they laid out my financial obligation and when they required me to pay it. I think that is about it!

And don't hesitate to bring a list of questions to refer to at your appointment, I brought one to my first and to a few other appointments to make sure I didn't forget anything. I still forgot some and just asked at the next appointment, no big deal.
post #3 of 5

Quinalla did a thorough job of covering what I would have suggested.  The only thing I would add here is that if you are meeting with an OB, I would ask what their policy is on doula, midwife, etc.  Some I have talked to don't appreciate the efforts of a midwife or doula and if you are hoping or planning to have either or both it would be nice to know in advance that the OB would be willing to work with them.  I have heard some nightmares about clashing in the birth.  Also, the make or break preferences for the birth is something you may want to consider now.  

post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thank you both so much for your advice.  I am so new at all of this and my head is still swimming with the fact that I am even preggers, that I haven't even begun to think about type of birth or if I want a midwife or doula.  I guess thats something I need to start thinking about. 

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Originally Posted by MaraM View Post

Thank you both so much for your advice.  I am so new at all of this and my head is still swimming with the fact that I am even preggers, that I haven't even begun to think about type of birth or if I want a midwife or doula.  I guess thats something I need to start thinking about. 
You do have time, but yeah, I would start looking into it. And you can switch providers if down the line you don't see eye to eye on something important.
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