Women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy and decide to place their baby for adoption have a lot of things on their mind during the whole process. One of the first steps after the positive pregnancy test is to find a doctor.
It is perfectly normal to experience stages of denial during an unplanned pregnancy, but it is vital to take the necessary steps for both yourself and your child. Use this new experience to improve your health and habits. Here are some tips on finding a doctor for an unplanned pregnancy.
Obstetrician/Gynecologist (OB/GYN) Overview
An obstetrician is a physician specialized in the management of pregnancy, labor, and the period directly following childbirth. A gynecologist is a physician specialized and educated in the health of the female reproductive system, which includes diagnosis and treatment of disorders and diseases. There is also a special training program that unifies both medical fields, and these doctors are referred to as Obstetrician/Gynecologists (OB/GYN). They usually develop unique practices, providing high-quality care for pregnant women. If you think you’re pregnant, the first step should be to consult your doctor. Your doctor will perform tests to confirm the pregnancy and advise you on choosing a specialist to monitor the pregnancy.
Finding an OB/GYN You Trust
It is important to find a good doctor to care for you during your pregnancy, so choosing one randomly from your health insurance list is not always the best way. Ask family members, friends, or your primary care doctor for a referral. Consider whether you would prefer a male or a female doctor, especially if you have ever felt uncomfortable undressing during a medical exam. Before making any final decisions, meet with the OB/GYN and ask about their medical experience, attitude about adoption, and his or her certification. Consider asking questions like:
- Do you accept my health insurance?
- What are your office hours?
- If you are not available when I need to see you, who will cover for you?
Make sure you are completely comfortable with the doctor before making your decision since that person is going to guide you through your pregnancy. Also, be sure to tell your doctor that you want to place your baby for adoption, since he or she can give you some advice because chances are big that they have had experience with this matter before.
What to Expect During the Visits
The first appointment involves a general health check, as well as blood and urine tests, which will confirm your pregnancy. It might also include an ultrasound. The nurse might ask you some questions about your own and your family’s medical histories, your habits, and gynecological health details. After this, you will have to undergo a physical exam, which includes a Pap test and some other minor tests before screening and monitoring the baby. This first prenatal visit is usually the longest one, but also the most important one.
Your OB/GYN should be there for you to provide you a healthy and normal pregnancy, so choosing a doctor you trust is crucial. Learn more about prenatal care on our Prenatal Care resource page for birthmothers.