How to Find a Pregnancy Doctor

Finding the right doctor can make pregnancy less stressful.

Prenatal care is an essential part of a healthy pregnancy and finding the right pregnancy doctor is your first step. If you have a group of new mom friends or your gynecologist is an obstetrician, too, you're probably all set. But if you're on your own or want a new doctor to manage your pregnancy, the prospect of finding the right one can seem a little intimidating. If you can, conduct your hunt before you get pregnant so your search can be completed at a relaxed pace.

Step 1

Check with your insurance provider to find a list of obstetricians in your area who fall under your insurance plan. You can usually find a list of providers on the website or call the customer service number on your card to get a list of participating physicians.

Step 2

Stop by a childbirth education class at your local hospital or other facility and ask the childbirth educators there to recommend a pregnancy doctor.

Step 3

Visit the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website at acog.org. Click on "Find an Ob-Gyn" in the bar at the very top of the page. You can search for obstetricians in your area. If you prefer, you can call ACOG's main office at 202-638-5577 to request a list of local obstetricians.

Step 4

Ask any specialists you visit for obstetrician recommendations if you have an ongoing health issue, such as high blood pressure, diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis. Your condition may require special care during pregnancy, and your specialist can recommend an obstetrician who has experience dealing with women who share your condition.

Step 5

Call 1-800-311-2229 to be connected with your state's health department to find pregnancy doctors who provide low- or no-cost prenatal care for expecting moms. According to WomensHealth.gov, every state has a plan in place to cover care for pregnant women.