I got super super spoiled with my doctor for Gracie's prenatal care and delivery. He was amazing. The best. My favorite. He set my bar for doctors really really high. We still send him Gracie's birthday invitations with a thank you note on the back. This is all to say, he was the best doctor that ever existed and we loved him.
Obviously, since I am in Georgia and not in Utah for this pregnancy, he can't be this baby's doctor. (Although Daniel did offer to have me go to Utah for my pregnancy so he could be, which is sweet, but noooo.) This baby will be the first one I've had in the military environment. Let me tell you...the difference ALREADY is dramatic.
I did NOT get to chose my doctor. I sat down with a nurse who read my files, determined I was high risk, and sent me to the High Risk OB's at the medical facility here. Notice how I said OB's? Yes, that is plural.
I have seen three different doctors so far, and there are (at last count) 6 high risk doctors. All of which I have to have an appointment with somewhere along the way because GUESS WHAT?! I don't know who will be delivering my baby unless I am induced or scheduled for a c-section. Basically, both things I don't want to happen. I just get whatever doctor is on-call when my water breaks. Greeaaaaaaaat.
So far, I have mostly liked all the doctors I have seen. But I definitely have preferences on which one I'd want to deliver my kid. I also feel like I am outside of realm of care for some of them. I literally had to explain Factor VII to one of them. That doesn't exactly build a lot of confidence.
So, for all of these reasons, I am strongly considering switching to TriCare Standard (we are currently on Prime). The downfall to that is Prime is 100% covered for everything. Standard isn't. But I keep hearing mixed reports on what exactly is or isn't covered and just how much you'd have to pay. Some say they didn't pay a thing while others said they paid at least $500-$1000. Which is still nothing compared to what it would be for other insurances. But still, going form free to $1000 is a big leap.
The VERY big positive to switching is that I'd get to pick WHATEVER doctor I saw fit. It would be the SAME doctor throughout my entire pregnancy and that doctor would delivery the baby.
I am waiting for my Hematology appointment in mid-september to make that decision. If my doc says I need to be seen by one ob the whole time for monitored care, then that's what I am going to have to do.
I know a lot of military wives & moms read this blog. If you have any experience in this matter, I would be truly appreciative of any advice you can give me!