Choosing a Practitioner

Asian couple with doctor 23226238_mWho do you want to deliver your baby?

One of the first things you will need to do when you find out you are pregnant is decide who is going to deliver your baby! Maybe you already have an OB/GYN but if you don’t, here is a brief summary of the caregiver options we recommend:

  • OB/GYN doctor who delivers at a hospital
  • Family Medicine doctor who delivers at a hospital
  • Midwife who delivers at a hospital

 

There are many resources available that go into more detail about the differences between midwives and doctors. Personally, I chose an OB/GYN doctor because delivering babies and caring for pregnant women is their specialty. They deliver hundreds of babies a year, and are trained to handle any emergency involving you or your baby. Plus, as a former labor and delivery nurse, I was most comfortable with this set up and it was the right choice for me. It is an important, and personal decision, so research the options and discuss with your partner to determine the right choice for you.

Where do you want to deliver your baby?

This, in part, depends on who you choose to deliver your baby. Most doctors have privileges at specific hospitals. So, if you have a certain hospital in mind, make sure to ask them for a list of their in-network physicians or midwives before you choose your practitioner.

That said, proximity is key! You will be visiting your doctor several times a month towards the end of your pregnancy, so take this into consideration when deciding how far you want to travel for your appointments. If you live on the Eastside, EvergreenHealth in Kirkland, Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, or Swedish Hospital in Issaquah are probably the top three choices women consider.  I’ve included a list of some (not all) of your choices on the Eastside.  I hope this helps!

-Nicole

OB/GYN CLINICS SERVING EVERGREENHEALTH

EvergreenHealth Women’s Care
12303 NE 130th Lane, Suite 420
Kirkland, WA 98034
Phone: (425) 899-6400
https://www.evergreenhealth.com/for_patients/medical_services/womens_care1/womens_care_kirkland

Evergreen Women’s Health Center
12333 NE 130th Lane, Suite 110
Kirkland, WA 98034
Phone: (425)-285-0060
https://www.evergreenhealth.com/for_patients/medical_services/evergreen_womens_health_center

Center for Women’s Health at Evergreen
12910 Totem Lake Blvd NE, Suite 102
Kirkland, WA 98034
Phone: (425) 899-4455
http://www.womenshealthcare.org

Eastside Ob/Gyn
12303 NE 130th Lane Suite 450
Kirkland, WA 98034
Phone: (425) 899-5000
http://www.eastsideob.com

EvergreenHealth Midwifery Care
12333 NE 130th Lane
Suite 225 (Coral)
Phone: (425) 899-4013
https://www.evergreenhealth.com/for_patients/medical_services/midwifery_care

OB/GYN CLINICS SERVING OVERLAKE HOSPITAL

Overlake OB/GYN (offices located at two locations)
1800 116th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Phone: (426) 454-3366

OR

751 NE Blakely Drive
Issaquah, WA 98029
Phone: (425) 391-8655
http://overlakeobgyn.com

Kupferman, Te & Dvorak
1600 116th Avenue, NE
Suite 104
Bellevue, WA 98004
Phone: 425-454-5758
http://www.medparkobgyn.com

Bellegrove OB/GYN
1200 112th Ave NE #C115
Bellevue, WA 98004
Phone: (425) 455-0244
http://www.bellegroveobgyn.com

Eastside Birth Center
14700 NE 8th Street #115
Bellevue, WA 98007
Phone: (425) 746-5566
http://www.eastsidebirthcenter.com

The Women’s Center Bellevue
12301 NE 10th Pl #100
Bellevue, WA98005
Phone: (425) 827-0100
http://thewomenscenterbellevue.com

Bellevue Family Medicine
1600 116th Ave NE Bellevue
Bellevue, WA 98004
Phone: (425)-454-5311
http://www.bellevuefamilymedicine.com

Issaquah OB/GYN
6520 226th Place SE, Suite 120
Issaquah, WA 98027
Phone: (425) 391-8886
http://www.issaquahobgyn.com

OB/GYN CLINICS SERVING SWEDISH HOSPITAL

Swedish OB/GYN Specialists-Issaquah
751 NE Blakely Dr., Suite 2030
Issaquah, WA 98029
Phone: (425) 313-7080
http://www.swedish.org/issaquahobgyn

Issaquah Women’s Clinic
22500 SE 64th Place, Suite 120
Issaquah, WA 98027
Phone: (425) 998-3474
http://www.issaquahwomens.com

Swedish Midwifery-Issaquah
751 NE Blakely Dr. Ste. 3020
Issaquah, WA 98029
Phone: (425) 313-4141
http://www.swedish.org/services/swedish-midwifery/locations/swedish-midwifery-issaquah