Doctor-Patient Relationship Important for New Moms

Pregnancy comes with so many questions and worries. What should I eat? Should I have stopped having morning sickness?  Do babies always kick this hard?

Your obstetrician or certified nurse midwife is your teammate in helping to answer these and so many more questions you will have during your pregnancy. You should develop a strong relationship that includes open communication and trust with your physician so that during labor you can handle the unexpected together.

Talk honestly with your physician or midwife about what is important to you medically during your pregnancy. Do you want an epidural? Would you like to avoid being induced if you are past your due date? Do you want an episiotomy? Your doctor can talk to you about the benefits and risks of all of these decisions and help you develop a plan for the birth of your child.

Unfortunately, no matter how good your birth plan is, babies have a way of foiling them. Your physician will know when it is time to throw the plan out the window in favor of a safer one and will understand your disappointment and worry when this happens. They will be able to clearly explain all of your new options and help you select the next best route for delivery. In that moment, you have to be able to trust that your physician or midwife has you and your baby’s best interest at heart.

Labor and delivery are not a perfect process, but your physician or midwife is there to help you navigate through it all as safely as possible.

Join myself and my colleagues on Thursday, February 27 for DocShop, a free event to help you find the physician or certified nurse midwife that is best for you and your growing family. You’ll have a chance to speak with all of us and find someone whom you can relate with and trust during this important time in your life.

By Emily Thomson, DO

About Dr. Thomson – Emily Thomson, DO, completed her bachelor of science at the University of California, Los Angeles and received her medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. She went on to perform her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Summa Akron City Hospital. Dr. Thomson’s special interests include providing compassionate care for women during pregnancy as well as gynecologic care utilizing minimally invasive procedures with the da Vinci® robotic surgical system. Dr. Thomson has participated in several research studies and given numerous medical presentations. She is professionally affiliated with The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Medical Association and American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists.

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