Time is running out for pregnant women to find doctors who will accept their babies for the first time.
That’s because doctors are required by law to do so by the end of this month.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the trend has increased by 40 percent in just two years.
In response, many pregnant women are now turning to online sources like Craigslist and other social media to find new doctors.
While it’s good to know where your doctors are, there are also things you should know to look out for.
Here are some tips to keep in mind: 1.
Be prepared Before You Go: It’s important to know how to prepare for the next steps.
Some pregnant women might not have any medical training at all, so it can be difficult to find the right doctor for their situation.
In some states, doctors must be certified and undergo a series of medical exams before they can get a patient under their care.
Other states require that a patient be accompanied by an obstetrician-gynecologist.
Be sure to bring your ID card, insurance card or other proof of insurance to your doctor appointment, so they can check your medical history.
If you have to travel, make sure you can pay for a taxi, hotel or taxi ride.
Talk to a Friend or Family member: While you might not know if your doctor is certified or licensed, you can still ask your doctor about the requirements and procedures for a new pregnancy.
The CDC recommends contacting your local Planned Parenthood or other health care provider to find out what they can offer.
“We encourage women to reach out to trusted health care providers and find out if they have experience with the care they are seeking,” says Dr. Susan DeWitt, director of maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Michigan Health System.
“For many, a trusted friend or family member is the best source for information and referrals to physicians.”
DeWitter also recommends asking a question like, “What are the benefits and risks of this procedure?” and “How do I plan for my pregnancy and child?” and to “Talk to your OBGYN or gynecologist about the options.”
Plan on Getting a New Pap Test: If you’re pregnant, you may be able to delay or postpone getting a Pap test if you’re planning on having another child.
“Pap tests help determine the safest and most effective methods for delivery of a baby and also can help determine if the baby is viable or not,” says DeWit.
“If you’re not sure about the procedure, you’ll want to talk to your healthcare provider about it.”
Check for the Health Benefits: Your health care team will be asking you a series, such as, “Are you feeling okay?” or “Are there any health concerns?” to see if you need additional testing.
While there are many ways to do this, some providers have suggested getting your blood drawn.
Other providers have said they can’t guarantee you will have a positive result.
Some providers are offering free testing for those with a high risk of having a baby with birth defects, such to certain blood types or blood groups.
There are also some online resources that help women understand what the tests can and can’t do. 5.
Make Sure Your Baby is Focused: Your baby may be in a new state, but you can’t be the judge of that.
Your doctor or health care practitioner will need to determine if you can handle a new situation.
“Make sure you’re focused on your baby’s needs and goals and not on your personal life,” says Rachael Smith, senior author of the book The Baby Boom: The New Baby Boom, Incidence, and Future of America.
“You want your health care professional to be honest with you about what’s best for you, not what you think you want.”
Talk with a Friend: If your doctor doesn’t have the experience you want, your best bet is to talk with a friend.
“Talk with other people who are pregnant, and they can help you determine what your health plan is and what you can do,” says Smith.
“Sometimes it’s a little bit harder to find someone who’s experienced in your situation, but it’s worth it to have a friend who is there to listen and guide you through the process.”
Talk About Your Health and Your Options: Before you get started, consider what you want your options to be.
If your primary care doctor doesn.t offer the procedure or if your insurance doesn’t cover it, you should talk to a friend or relative.
You can also ask about insurance options.
Some health plans, such the Affordable Care Act, cover many procedures, but some, such Blue Cross Blue Shield, say they can not cover procedures that require insurance coverage.
“Obamacare gives you a way to get access to health insurance if you are over 55 and do not have health insurance, or if you have a pre-existing condition,” says Brown.
You will need insurance coverage for these options