Looking for Private Doctors in London

There are a number of possible resources that can help with the decision. Many women will follow the advice of friends and family. This is often the best place to start, as these individuals do not have a vested interest in the final decision, have the first-hand experience and even inside information!

Some women will follow the recommendation of their Private GP London or use the Internet to see what is available in their area. There are a number of chat rooms and sites such as ‘moms’ net’ where people can post information or chat online about their recent maternity experiences. Private maternity units often have well-developed websites from which contact details and information on Consultants and hospital services can be obtained.

Finding a good, Private Obstetrician in London involves some research and number of personal decisions.

There are a number of possible resources that can help with the decision. Many women will follow the advice of friends and family. This is often the best place to start, as these individuals do not have a vested interest in the final decision, have the first-hand experience and even inside information!

Some women will follow the recommendation of their Private GP London or use the Internet to see what is available in their area. There are a number of chat rooms and sites such as ‘moms’ net’ where people can post information or chat online about their recent maternity experiences. Private maternity units often have well-developed websites from which contact details and information on Consultants and hospital services can be obtained.

It is important to know which private hospitals the Obstetrician is attached to as facilities vary widely. Some private maternity units will have excellent facilities for the normal birth but only basic emergency services available on site. Some may be attached to an NHS hospital but still be detached from emergency services. Others will have 24 hours, integrated, on site, anesthetic and neonatal services and easy access to high dependency care.

Women and their partners have different expectations of what they would regard to be ‘the best’ maternity care. Most will be hoping for an uncomplicated natural birth and to be treated in a holistic way with minimal medical intervention, whilst others might want increased medical input such as an epidural and some would prefer an elective Caesarean Section.

Having chosen a private Obstetrician, the next step is to make an appointment and to find out if he/she supports the type of care that is preferred. Not all Consultants offer real choice.

To find out more about your Consultant it is worth asking how he/she feels about different birth preferences and if he/she also works in the NHS or only in private practice? If the consultant only does private work then how many deliveries does he/she do every year and how do they keep up to date with best clinical practice?

What is the availability of the Consultant? Does he/she work in a team and are there well organized, cover arrangements in case he/she is unavailable? Is there an emergency contact number that works 24 hours a day, preferably a direct mobile for the doctor? Will the Obstetrician be there during the whole of the birth or does he/she delegate much of the work during the delivery to the midwives?

To ensure a good outcome it is crucial that there is trust between the Obstetrician and the pregnant woman, that she feels confident that he/she listens to her and that she will be supported whatever her birth preferences,

There are clearly different opinions regarding which type of birth represents ‘best practice’. What is important however is that the right type of service is available for each individual’s choice and birth preferences and that the Obstetrician has an open minded approach to support the woman and her partner in their choices, whilst maximizing safety for mother and baby.

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