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Is a group practice or an independent doctor better for you?

There are positive aspects of both individual and group practices—choose what works for you.

 

In addition to considering who is a part of your doctor’s practice, you should consider whether you want your doctor to be a part of a group at all.

With a solo doctor, you will experience excellent continuity of care and feel assured of who will be with you in delivery, but this may come at a cost. With an independent doctor your prenatal appointments may run late or be rescheduled, because other patients who are in delivery will take precedence.

With a group practice, you can likely avoid these issues, but you may not deliver with your primary OB/GYN if another doctor is on call when the time comes. If you are comfortable with a group practice, you should consider seeing all of the partners for at least one appointment during your pregnancy to meet everyone before the big day.

Reviewed by Dr. Jen Lincoln, December 2018

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