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Seeking an OB/GYN or RE recommendation in greater Seattle area
February 7, 2014 6:59 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for an OB/GYN or RE in the greater Seattle area after experiencing 3 early miscarriages in the last 10 months.

I'm looking for an RE or OB/GYN to help diagnose and treat whatever is causing the recurrent losses (these are the only 3 pregnancies that I have had).

What I'm looking for:
-Someone specialized in fertility or recurrent loss issues
-Preferably someone that could see me without a referral
-Someone capable of treating me with sensitivity while communicating clearly and honestly about my options

What I'm trying to avoid:
-Seeing another doctor that blows me off because we're young and "of course you'll have baby some day!"
-Seeing a doctor that isn't specialized in these issues or that isn't up-to-date on the latest developments in the field (I don't want to be told to "just relax and you'll get pregnant again!"; I want actual help with this problem)
-Seeing a doctor that won't take steps to investigate or diagnose the cause of the recurrent losses because we haven't been trying a full year

About us:
-I'm 25 and my husband is 26
-We're both insured and we are financially comfortable
-The losses were at 5 weeks, 4 weeks, and 4 weeks
-We're both in good health. I'm in good shape, eat well, take prenatal vitamins, and have no other health issues that we know of.
-Neither of us have had any type of evaluation to determine what could be causing this problem. With the first loss I had an ultrasound in the ER that didn't show anything unusual, but the doctor I followed up with did nothing in terms of exams or other investigation. My husband has not been evaluated at all.
-The losses have been somewhat traumatic for me (we do have a counselor we see together and apart), so it's important to me that I find a doctor I feel like I can communicate and work with well

Thank you for any recommendations that you can provide, MeFi!
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (2 answers total)
 
I was in a very similar position to yours, but older. I saw the folks at the Maternal-Fetal Medicine clinic at UWMC. They were extraordinarily sensitive and caring, both hopeful and forthright. My problem ended up being hypothyroidism, and I have two children now. Please feel free to memail me if you want to know anything about the specifics of what we did and what I needed to do. Or even just to talk about how much it sucks.
posted by KathrynT at 7:03 PM on February 7


Just to add with recurrent miscarriages without a known cause, there's have been several studies that showed a significant difference with more monitoring (supportive care for recurrent miscarriages). Basically, women who saw a doctor/nurse frequently for visits for treatment, even just for monitoring health etc, were more likely to carry to term although no-one knows quite why. Choose a practice that will schedule frequent check-ups if requested, has a hotline you can call and so on. (I have recurrent early miscarriages likely due to clotting, and one successful pregnancy that was treated with asprin and heparin plus HCG and progesterone at the start where I saw my OBGYN nearly every week).

Ask about HCG testing - my OBGYN would do HCG testing on the first day late and because the lab was next door, we got the results same day, which beat the hell out of peeing on a stick at home for a week. I went in just for the HCG tests alone every few days at the beginning to make sure it was rising, and that made a huge difference to me emotionally in coping.
posted by viggorlijah at 8:21 PM on February 7


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