Pregnancy and childbirth can be a wonderful journey, as well as a time of apprehension. Having a doctor you trust and feel comfortable with for prenatal care, advice and information can make all the difference in the world. That's why it's never too early to decide which doctor will deliver your bundle of joy.

It's a good idea to have a preconception exam as soon as you begin thinking of making an addition to the family. Knowing you are healthy - or taking steps to become healthier, such as quitting smoking, taking vitamins and eating a healthier diet - will ease your mind as a mom to be (as well as make the transition to pregnancy easier on your body). If you find a doctor in advance, that's one less thing to worry about once you realize you're pregnant.

How to find the right OB/GYN

Many obstetricians are also gynecologists. And while some gynecologists do not deliver babies, they should be able to recommend a doctor for your delivery. Or you can visit several OB/GYNs and see which one you feel comfortable with. Questions you can use to initiate discussion or to help make your decision include:

  • Is the caregiver located close to your work or home?
  • Does the caregiver deliver at the hospital you've chosen?
  • Is your doctor willing to listen to and respect your preferences if at all possible?
  • Do you wish to be medicated during labor? How?
  • Under what circumstances would labor be induced, or a cesarean section performed?
  • Is your doctor available and forthcoming with answers to your questions?

Call Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3463 to find a doctor or speak to a nurse.