Thank you so much to all of you ladies for your help in this matter. I have put together a list of questions for my doctor that is rather lengthy, but I hope it will help someone else in the future. It was put together with the help of so many. It has been taken in little bits and pieces from here and there and I have personalized it for myself. I hope none of you mind if I quote you directly. I have spent several hours putting this list together. I hope you can take it, personalize it, and use it. Again thanks to all of those that posted and gave me the ideas, thoughts, and inspiration. Please let me know if I should add anything to this list.
I don't want to judge the actions of my previous doctors after the event, I simply want hindsight, into your instinct. Would you have done anything differently, and if so, what? The reason I asking this is to a) give you a chance to talk to me as specifically as possible about what happened, b) it will give me a sense of where you fit on the range of opinions. (When you are talking about specifics it's always easier to come up with questions.)
What tests are parts of your normal prenatal care?
How do you feel about not finding out the sex of the baby?
How do you feel about breastfeeding?
Will you be pushing formula?
How many Pre-E patients have you treated?
What are my chances of getting Pre-E again?
Will you test for any underlying conditions for pe?
What course of action will you take to try to prevent it?
What are your criteria for a PE diagnosis?
What would be the first red flag for you that we are going down the pre-e road again?
What diagnostic tests will you recommend?
What diagnostic tests will you insist upon if any?
What would encourage you to put me on bedrest?
What does bedrest mean to you?
When do you suggest hospitalization?
What are your criteria for delivery? Induction, c-sections, emergency cs?
Do you have a plan of action, just in case?
How do you feel about blood pressure medication during pregnancy? Would you prescribe it?
Do I need to see a cardiologist?
Do I need to see a perinatologist?
How much should I weigh before getting pregnant?
What should my blood pressure be before conceiving?
When should I start prenatal vitamins?
WHat supplements will you want me to take?
WHen should I start taking them?
What other prenatal tests do you recommend?
How often will I be visiting you?
How often can I call the office during my pregnancy?
How many and what kind of sonograms will you do?
What kind of machines are available in your office?
How often will my blood be tested?
What will you be testing for?
Will you call me with the results of any labs, or will I have to call you?
When do you do NSTs?
How on top on my pregnancy are you going to be?
How seriously are you going to take me if I call you or the doc on call with even the slightest symptom? And the answers from the doc I would expect to hear are "very very on top of the pregnancy" and "every symptom you have will be received with the utmost seriousness and then acted upon." Also, in regard to "very very on top of the pregnancy", they should then give you expamples of just how on top they plan to be - i.e. blood work, ultrasounds, and schedules of such, etc...
With no complications, how long will you let me be pregnant?
Will you do steroid shots for the babyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lungs if needed?
How do you feel about epidurals and other pain relief?
What is your philosophy on episiotomies?
Will you immediately take the baby away?
How long do you recommend for a post delivery hospital stay?
How involved is the father allowed to be? Siblings? Other Relatives?
(I had four questions here. These questions were directly related to what happened to me.)
Do you and your staff understand that I will be paranoid and need lots of hand holding?
Is there anything that you know now that would discourage you from taking me on as a patient?
Is there anything that would encourage you to transfer my care?
Address any and all desires and fears!
Mama to Megan, PE at 34 wks