On switching OB practices mid-pregnancy & our munchkin in 3D


Always go with your instinct. Your gut. Your momma-ness.

When I decided that our previous OB wasn’t working for me any more (suggesting an induction because my “due date” is 12/31at my very first appointment), and looked into things, we went for it. And, it’s totally okay to switch practices mid-pregnancy. Even at 28 weeks. Or 30 weeks. Or 36 weeks. If you are unhappy with your provider, make a change. So, we changed practices at 28 weeks!

I’ve had one appointment, a one and two-hour glucose test and I’m already more comfortable there. They even have a changing table in the waiting room and a play area! That is huge!

At my first appointment, because of my pregnancy induced ITP (the platelet thing), the midwives at my practice (yes, no OBs are actually there), wanted me to meet with their consulting OB just to have a check over of me and mostly our little girl.

I’ve honestly never walked into a doctor’s office like this (yeah, no play area here), but it was amazing. Nice relaxing music playing, blue lights in the lamps, water for moms. It was almost like going to the spa. Dr. Bootstaylor’s office (SeeBaby) is nothing short of amazing.

We got to have a look at our little girl in 3D after they took some measurements and checked everything out (predicted weight at the time was 3lbs, 3oz). I think she looks just like her sisters!

See baby ultrasound baby girl #4

She was pretty sleepy, so she wasn’t performing too much, but rubbing her eyes? The sweetest.

Seebaby ultrasound image girl #4

I had to include this one of her little legs crossed. In one of our very first pictures of the oldest after she was born, she has her legs crossed right at the ankle. (Yeah, I know, you might have to squint at it for a bit).

Seebaby ultrasound image girl #4

And, the whole thing was recorded, too. It was like 13 minutes, so I compressed it down to a little over a minute here (click over to see the 3D ultrasound video).

Then, we had our appointment with the doctor. Sitting in real chairs in a real office with just us and the doctor. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever sat in a doctor’s actual office. And he talked to us, like educated individuals. And asked us questions that let us know he looked over my file. And, told me that so much of the stuff I’ve been told before about my platelets and that I’ve had to do! Totally not science-based. Music to my ears! He respects us. He gave us time to talk. Nothing short of amazing.

And get this? The midwives wanted me to ask him something, and I think because I was in such awe I forgot to ask. So a couple days later, when I remembered, I called, thinking I would talk to a nurse. Nope, the receptionist got my info and told me the doctor would call me back.

WHAT? Doctors actually call patients? Unheard of!!!

He totally called me back. And talked to me for a good ten minutes explaining why he was saying what he said and made sure I fully understood.

The sad part? I probably and hopefully won’t have to see him again because I was cleared by him and the midwives will continue my care But, holy smokes. I don’t think I’ve ever had a more amazing experience at a doctor’s office.

Instead of dreading my next appointment, I’m looking forward to talking to the midwives, really having a full appointment where any questions will be fully addressed and I will be spoken to like a person with a brain!

*We are paying for all of our health care. We received the 3D ultrasound to review. The regular ultrasound was midwife ordered and we will pay for that, too.

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  1. Brooke B. says:

    holy cats, that’s amazing! if only doctors like this existed everywhere. i am so happy to hear about your great experience. i also loved the video. was that her little mouth opening and closing at one point? so cute!

    1. No kidding. I wish all offices were like that! In fact, as we were leaving that was the first thing I said to the husband! Wonder if he can see me for all of my doctor needs, right?

      And, yes, she was opening/closing her mouth. Practicing swallowing or breathing..or smiling:)

      1. Brooke B. says:

        yeah, why is it that good docs are so hard to find? i am still searching for a general doc i like. :/

  2. Wow! I hate to think of what your previous practice was like. What you just described has been my experience with my ob! Glad u made a change to a good one!

    1. Let’s put it this way, I called and transferred my files three weeks ago. This week, I received a bill for my “delivery fee deposit”. Um..guess you didn’t notice I transferred my files, cancelled my appointments and never rescheduled? Yep, just a number.

  3. So, so glad you have a doctor/practice you love! I switched at 28 weeks with Emma and it was the best decision I made for myself and for her.

    Is Bootstaylor with Intown? I’ve seen his name on the ICAN boards and I think it’s because he’s affiliated with one of the recommended midwifery practices who are good with VBACs.

    1. Yes, he is the backup for Intown Midwifery. That is where I transferred my care to. He/they have a very successful VBAC rate and will even let you do/attempt a water birth after two c-sections.

      1. Awesome! Tate was just a smidge closer to work for me which is why I went with him over Intown. I have birth junkie chills for you for having such a great practice now!

  4. How wonderful to hear you found a doctor that seems genuinely concerned. I had my kids years ago so I’ve never had a 3D ultrasound. It’s super cool to see a little one so clearly. I wish you and the baby all the best.

  5. I love See Baby. I’m high risk so I saw them once a week with both babies. Love him, love him, love him. Dr. Bootstaylor is so great. Like did you know his name is he and his wife’s joined together. Speaks to who he is.

  6. Glad to hear your switch went well! Luckily, I haven’t had to consider that with either pregnancy – though my son would love a play area in the waiting room! We are having a 3D/4D ultrasound Friday. I cannot wait!!

  7. Awesome! It’s wonderful that you found a doctor/office that works so well with you.

  8. Oh wow that’s not good having to switch but glad you are liking the new practice and doctors calling you back that is unheard of. Loving the 3d pictures technology is so wonderful when it comes to seeing what the little one is doing while still in your tummy.

  9. My friend used midwives up until delivery when it was necessary to have a csection. She used Dr. Bootslayer and had wonderful things to say as well.

  10. Wow that sounds like a really great doctor / office. Glad you decided to make the switch! and love those 3D pics, I never got to do that, too cool!

  11. We used a midwife at our OB office this last time and it was great! She was amazing and really just let me and my body lead the delivery. it was a great experience. Thankfully we’ve had all but go experiences with the docs at that practice. WE’ve had 3 babies and 3 different ppl deliver…but never a bad experience before, during, or after delivery.

  12. how exciting that you are so happy… having a doctor you like and trust is a huge deal…

  13. I agree that we shouldn’t be afraid to switch / shop around for an OB we feel most comfortable with. It is great you’ve found one! Our OB actually switched to private practice half way thru my pregnancy. I tried another OB in the public hospital but it just didn’t feel right, so I followed the first OB to his private practice. He charged me a discounted fee for my ‘loyalty’. Haha!

  14. HEY….Congrats again! I love seeing the 3-D Ultrasound pics, This is actually my first time seeing a video of one. GoodDr for you on changing Dr.s midway through pregnancy, you really have to be comfortable with your caregivers. It’s awesome that they accepted you as a new patient so late in the game also the level of service provided is nothing short of amazing.

  15. That is absolutely amazing!! man that is exactly the way an appointment should go. I’m so glad you had such a great experience.

  16. That’s great care right there. I’m so glad you went with your instincts and moved to a provider better suited to your sensibilities and needs!

  17. Wow! That place sounds amazing! So glad you switched!

    Those 3D images are AWESOME!!!! She DOES look like her sisters! How incredible to be able to see her so clearly!!! Thanks for sharing them with us!

  18. Isn’t it wonderful when your medical provider talks TO you, and not around, about, or AT you? I am so happy that you found a provider that fits your needs and makes you comfortable. My OB was wonderful…and probably the reason that I maintained my sanity throughout my pregnancy 🙂
    All the best to you!

  19. Sounds like an awesome doctor! Nice to know they are out there.

    It’s amazing watching your baby in 3D. I got to watch my second daughter in 3D and it was just the best thing ever, but I didn’t get a video to take home unfortunately.

    I went to a birth center and only saw midwives (well, I believe they are nurse midwives) for my pregnancies too. I switched from an OBGYN and it’s just a whole other level of care. It’s just so much more personal. And they really are experts on knowing when it is necessary to be seen by a doctor or go into the hospital, so I felt completely safe in their hands.

  20. Sounds awesome. I can’t get over the whole 4 daughters thing! Wow!

  21. Amazing U/S pictures. So glad you had such a wonderful appointment!!!

  22. Those 3D u/s are SO cool. I never had one but I love seeing people’s now. I’m so glad you’re happy with the new doctor/practice. That is so important.

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