A question that DOESN'T often come up is "Can I switch providers during pregnancy?" It seems as women even if we don't love the care we are receiving feel obligated to stay. Think about the last time you were at a restaurant and the server asks, "how is the food?" Countless times I didn't love my dish but felt guilty for telling the server the truth. Perhaps you saw the same provider for a previous pregnancy or the women in your family have always seen the same Dr. The good news is that YOU are the one hiring your provider and YOU decide if they stay or go. Would you let an employee go if their work wasn't up to par or if they were going to do things the way they wanted to instead of talking to you? Absolutely! It's never too late to switch providers. Interview multiple providers, talk to local doulas, connect with birth forums in your community. If you are planning on a surgical birth find a provider who specializes in surgical birth, if you are planning an unmedicated birth choose a provider who loves unmedicated births.
Before you think you're the only one switching providers late in the game take a look at these quotes from The Unnecesarean
"I switched at 37 weeks. Best decision ever!"
"I switched at 35 weeks to a doc who really supported my vba2c - SOOO glad I did!"
"I switched at nearly 37 weeks. It’s easy for me to look back on this and see it as a moment of courage (and really, it was), but it also showed just how much I was ignoring my intuition throughout my entire pregnancy. I knew there was a more supportive VBAC OB/midwife group in town. I knew that my OB was wavering on his VBAC support as my pregnancy went on. But it had to get to the point where he literally pulled a bait and switch before I did my own switch."
Birth Advantage Doula Services recently shared this article on how to choose the right provider and I couldn't agree more!
Autumn Alyssa, CHD is a Birth and Postpartum Doula serving women and families from Bountiful to Provo in Davis, Salt Lake & Utah Counties