Posted by: findingthemiddle | July 5, 2010

Why do we forget about the family practice doc when considering care providers for our pregnancy and birth care?

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  1. I also recommend family practice doctors for your baby – and family! They (in my experience) generally are easier to get in to see for appointments have have much more time during the visit. We can honestly say that we save on visits because while we’re there for our wee one we ask general health questions that our doc can answer. I understand that some people choose/want peds for their baby, but we adore the family practice option and I selected them as my general care provider instead of an OB/GYN.

  2. Anybody know of a good family practice doc in Tucson, AZ who takes APIPA (as well as one who’d be willing to work with us on an alternative vaccine schedule)??? I couldn’t agree more with this article! I’ve always been a huge fan of the care one receives from Family Practice docs (and not just because my mom is one)! My husband, son and I had a wonderful GP in Wisconsin that we all saw. I loved that he knew us all as a unit. He really got to know our family, and in a way that made him a better doctor for us as individuals. Now that we’re in Arizona and on state-funded health insurance I’m having a horrible time finding a family practice doctor. I guess we were really spoiled in Wisconsin, but is it too much to ask for a GP who takes our insurance who can see us all, as opposed to me and my husband seeing two separate internal medicine specialists and my 8 month old son seeing a pediatrician? Seriously, is this necessary? I’d be interested in seeing the cost breakdown of this kind of coverage as opposed to all of us seeing a GP, I mean if the state really wants to save $$!! Plus, I’ll be having a VBAC next time around, and I sooooo don’t want to see an OB for that. My entire life I’ve spent seeing either nurse practitioners or family practice docs and I’m not about to give up on providers who have taken such good care of me in the past. Also, as a side point – my son was born by C-section by my family practice doc and his family practice partner. It just depends on the training they get during their residency as to whether or not they can do certain kinds of surgery.

  3. I loved my OB, and went to him because I had had surgery very shortly before my pregnancy. However, it’s definitely true that when you’re a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail.

  4. I have an amazing family practice doc and had a very low intervention pregnancy and birth. I’d definitely recommend more people look into that option. I honestly didn’t even realize it was an option until I got pregnant. I thought I had to have an ob!

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