5 Tips for Choosing a Pregnancy Practitioner

July 2019

Make the best care decision for your pregnancy with these helpful hints.

One of our tips for choosing a pregnancy practitioner is to check the preferred provider list from your health insurance company.

Choosing a women’s health provider to care for you during pregnancy is a personal decision that depends on many factors. While you’re evaluating your options, knowing what to look for is key to finding the right team to guide you through this exciting time. These tips for choosing a pregnancy practitioner can point you in the right direction:

  1. Explore a clinic’s provider options
  2. Get personal recommendations
  3. Make a list of questions and considerations
  4. Go for a consultation to meet the staff
  5. Check insurance coverage

Keep reading for more on these hints for finding a pregnancy doctor, midwife, or other practitioners.

Explore a clinic’s provider options

There’s not just one kind of pregnancy practitioner. With many specialties in the field, it’s essential to learn which types of providers are practicing at a clinic you’re considering. The more varied the backgrounds and specialty areas among a women’s health team, the more blended expertise you’ll receive. Here are a few of the different types of pregnancy practitioners to look for:

  • OB/GYN: An abbreviation for obstetrician-gynecologist, OB/GYNs are pregnancy doctors who specialize in caring for women through every stage of life, including pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Meet our OB/GYN, Ken Ostermann, MD, FACOG, and learn about his specializations in routine and high-risk pregnancy, as well as his expertise in other specialty areas including urogynecology.
  • Certified nurse-midwife (CNM): CNMs are highly trained medical professionals who earn advanced nursing degrees and obtain special certification. We have two certified nurse-midwives on staff: Cindy Stippich, MSN, CNM, APNP, and Brittany Froeming, CNM, APNP. Learn more about nurse-midwives and what they do here.
  • Certified physician assistant (PA-C): PA-Cs are healthcare professionals who practice medicine in a clinic or hospital under a doctor’s supervision. Our certified physician assistant, Elizabeth Nielsen, MMS, PA-C, works closely with Dr. Ken Ostermann and the other providers to deliver high-quality care during pregnancy and beyond.
  • Nurse practitioner: Having a nurse practitioner on your pregnancy health care team adds an extra level of care to your pregnancy, labor, and delivery experience. Learn about our on-staff nurse practitioner, Natalie Ross, DNP, FNP-BC, APNP, and how her extensive knowledge can complement your pregnancy care.

Get personal recommendations

When it comes to tips for choosing a pregnancy practitioner, it always helps to hear the thoughts and experiences of other patients. Ask your friends, family, or colleagues about their pregnancy provider, and whether they would recommend them. To see what our patients say about our clinic, check out the patient stories on our website, or connect with us and read feedback on our Facebook page.

Make a list of considerations and questions

What questions do you have for your pregnancy practitioner? Prepare this list as part of the vetting process. For instance, you might want to ask about:

Use the provider’s responses to help you determine whether they’re a fit for you during your consultation, as described in our final hint below.

Go for a consultation to meet the staff

Last, but most certainly not least in our tips for choosing a pregnancy practitioner, is assess how you feel with the clinic staff. An initial consultation is a great way to get a sense of comfort, friendliness, and knowledge. Do they listen to you? Do you feel they’re trustworthy? Are they kind and helpful? Check out our article on How to Choose a New Women’s Health Doctor for even more factors and questions to help you find a provider for your pregnancy journey.

Check insurance coverage

Be sure to visit your health insurance provider’s website to see about your coverage options. If their website doesn’t offer this information or you prefer to speak with a representative directly, you can also contact them to obtain this information by phone. It’s a good idea to carefully review your health care policy to help clarify your level of coverage and any out-of-pocket financial responsibilities for prenatal care visits, ultrasounds and screenings, and labor and delivery.

Review the full range of accepted insurance plans and payment options at our clinic.

Every member of our women’s health team focuses on providing the best level of care possible before, during, and after your pregnancy. Call 920.885.6090 or contact us to schedule a pregnancy consultation with our doctors, midwives, and women’s health providers today.

This is a public forum, by which BDWH provides general information to patients and prospective patients. You should not post any personal or identifying information on this Blog. The information that appears on this Blog does not constitute medical advice and is not a substitute for a consultation with a Healthcare Professional.

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