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I'm 19 weeks and have found an OB that I do really like after switching offices. I have no complaints with anyone in the staff or my treatment, but while I've been in for concerns and check ups about 6 times, I never get more than 5 minutes with my doctor. I understand that he sees 40 people a day and is also now having to cover for another doctor who was in an accident, but I'm starting to wonder if this is the average doctor/patient time for being 19 weeks? Do visits get a little longer the further you are? There isn't even enough time to blurt out the absolute nessassary in the 5 mintutes I do get... will I ever get my questions answered? Will he even remember who I am when it's time to deliver? Maybe I'm just being paranoid.
 

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I don't know what the average is, but my visits are 10-15 minutes, but I never have many questions. My OB doesn't leave until she's sure she's answered all my questions. Could you maybe tell the front desk that you have a lot of questions this time for the doctor when you schedule your next appointment and ask if you could have a longer appointment scheduled?
 

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Just speak up when he's in there and tell him you have questions and they need to be answered. I once refused to leave my room until my DR came back in to talk to me. That's what he gets paid for.<br><br>
But do keep in mind...my husband is a surgical nurse and he said that 90% of the DR's have HORRIBLE bedside manner. You should hear the stories he tells me about surgeries....
 

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have you considered using a midwife? On average I think they spend more time with you. I am at my appointment for an hour on average and they are always available by phone as well.
 

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My OB practice was the same-it was a group, and they all took as little time as they could. I'd be there for an hour and a half waiting, and get 7 min. total nurse/OB time. I just switched OBs. I second a midwife if you can afford it (We can't so we're stuck)
 

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To echo a previous poster, it sounds like 5 minutes may be this guy's standard appointment time. Tell the receptionist you need more time so she can schedule you appropriately.
 

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I like the idea of not leaving the room. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I go to a midwife and my visits right now are ~30 min.
 

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My OB is great! She sits down and chats, and doesn't leave until she knows I'm comfortable. At this point I have very few questions, but its nice to know that I can ask them if I need to. A midwife wasn't an option for me (also 19 weeks) becaues I'm very high risk in the begining, and lots of times at the end, too.
 

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With my OB, my 1st appointment was good- he spent 20 minutes asking me questions and letting me ask mine. After I became a patient I would get about 5-10 minutes.<br><br>
When I got preganant I knew I didn't want him to be my care provider so I interviewed a few other obs & a midwife. One ob was great and spent 45 minutes with us and was so thorough. The other... not so much. We spent an hour with the midwife.<br><br>
We decided to go with the midwife and my appointments are 45 min. to 1 hour every time.
 

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When I had an OB all my appointments were like that. They were not there to give me the pregnancy and birth I wanted but just to do things the standard way.<br><br>
If you want personalized care then you should talk to a few midwives.
 
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