Should I go to a regular OB or specialist?

Brianna - posted on 03/18/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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This is my second pregnancy, my first was a easy singleton pregnancy that I saw a regular OB for. This time around we are blessed to be pregnant with twins and I was wondering what other women did when they found out, do you just continue with your regular OB or seek out a specialist that deals with multiple births more commonly? I have an apt. with my regular OB next Wednesday and plan on asking her if I should see a specialist, but wondered what other mom's in my situation did or recommend. Thanks!

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Brianna - posted on 04/05/2010

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Thank you everyone for your helpful comments! Saw my OB and she'll be seeing me regularly for my care but I will also be seen monthly by a specialist due to the high risk situation of twins and unfortunatly where we live the closest hospital with a NICU is an hour away, so I have to be seen by that team of doctors also incase I have to deliver early. Thank you again!

Melissa - posted on 04/04/2010

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Your regular OB should be fine. I stuck with mine, and he has lots of experience with twins. While it is a unique, challenging, and high risk pregnancy, your OB is qualified to care for you and your babies.

Dorothy - posted on 03/27/2010

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i say stick with your regular OB, unless she recommends that you see a specialist. you are comfortable with her, you might as well continue to see her. when you deliver, there are always perinatologists on call if ever needed. most OBs have experience with multiple births anyway. i myself, DID have to see a perinatologist. i started with a midwife, who passed me on to an OB when we found out it was twins, but then we found out i had a high risk type of twin so we had to see the specialist. if you don't need to, then don't. if your OB is not comfortable with delivering twins, she will let you know or have someone else deliver. but for your prenatal care, stick with someone you are comfortable with. good luck. twins are amazing!

Lisa - posted on 03/20/2010

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I went to my regular ob but also did monthly ultrasounds with the specialists at the hospital where I was supposed to deliver. I am lucky because That hospital has a great nicu and because anyone pregnant with twins are considered higher risk. I was a little more at risk because I was on blood thinners.I also had a 4 month old when I became prgnant with the twins so I think that might be why my cervix started to shorten at around 26 weeks and I was put on bed rest for the remainder of my pregnancy. My twins were born at 35 weeks and were totally healthy at 6.5lbs and 5.13 lbs!! They took super good care of me and my babies.

Michelle - posted on 03/19/2010

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Unless you have special needs or your twins do you should be able to go to a regular OB. They might have you come in more for a tests and such. Asking your OB questions and concerns is always a good thing. Ask your OB what you should expect for appointments, monitoring, and tests. Good luck.

Brianna - posted on 03/19/2010

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I'm pretty sure my OB is going to say she can handle twins because she's been in practice for 25 years. My big concern is I have heard twins commonly come a little bit early, and the hospital that she is affiliated with does not have a NICU. The closest hospital with a NICU is an hour away.

Amy - posted on 03/18/2010

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I am going to my regular ob and when its time I'm sure he will refer me to a specialist. I've had 4 singletons and this is my first with twins. Congrats and hopes for a healthy pregnancy:)

Jocelyn - posted on 03/18/2010

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I went to a regular ob by recommendation of my fertility specialist. I checked into the practice to make sure they were able to handle twins and they were. When you go for your appt. talk with your ob about it. Twins are more common then they were in the past and most ob offices are equipped to handle them and they should let you know if they aren't. Also, mine told me if there was any questions or problems they weren't sure about I would be sent to a specialist.Many times your insurance won't cover as much if you see a specialist or won't cover you at all if you aren't referred by an ob first. I did end up getting sent to a specialist because during one of my u/s, they had a hard time seeing parts of baby A (he was squished!). They sent me to a specialist and they found everything fine and I continued on with my regular doctor.

Talk with you ob and if you don't feel confident that they can handle your situation then find another doctor, but I'll bet your ob will do great. Congrats on the twins!

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