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Do You Prefer a Male or Female Obstetrician-Gynaecologist?

Do You Prefer a Male or Female Obstetrician-Gynaecologist?

Do You Prefer a Male or Female Obstetrician-Gynaecologist?

When selecting an ob-gyn, does gender matter to you?

Gender equality and diversity is a big issue at many workplaces but what about when it comes to your doctor? Do you have a preference for seeing a male or female ob-gyn?

An American study revealed that 66.6% of patients had no gender bias when selecting an obstetrician-gynecologist and an even larger majority (80.8%) felt that their doctor’s gender had no influence on the quality of care. But does the same hold true in Singapore? To date, there are no local statistics available on patient satisfaction based on a woman’s preference regarding their physician’s gender but local online chatter seems to be split on the issue, with “comfort level” often cited as the main reason for seeking a female doctor.

When sourcing for a ob-gyn to oversee your pregnancy, delivery and post-delivery care, here’s why the gender of your doctor should not matter:

Personality Match

None of us like being stereotyped. And the same holds true for doctors. Just because your gynae is male doesn’t mean he’s less understanding or empathetic of your situation. That said, it’s important to feel comfortable with your doctor, including asking sometimes awkward questions about your body and your pregnancy. Additionally, having trust in him or her is key — you want to feel that your doctor truly cares about your well-being.

To help guide your choice some questions to ask yourself include: what kind of bedside manner do you like? Do you prefer chattier doctors with answers to your questions; or do you prefer someone who is more reserved? Or perhaps you prefer someone with a more direct manner. Knowing your preferences before you meet a doctor will help you to decide if you’re a good match.

Experience Matters

Another thing to consider is the amount of experience your doctor has — you want to feel that you are in safe hands. After all, skill and mastery of craft from years of education and hard work do make a difference — whatever a person’s gender.

Additionally, are you looking for an ob-gyn with specific experience, for example in water births or VBAC (vaginal birth after caesearean)? Perhaps you are seeking a specialist in high-risk pregnancies. Again, knowing your own wants and preferences should help guide your choice when selecting a physician.

Hospitals and Costs

The gender of your doctor aside, there are other important considerations when it comes to choosing a ob-gyn, such as cost and the location of the clinic and hospital. You may have your heart set on delivering at a specific hospital, only to find that the doctor does not have rights to deliver there, or vice versa. As always, the keyword here is “research” — do your due diligence and weigh your findings against your needs, wants and comfort level.

Reputation Counts

Ask your friends, family and colleagues about their experiences. Ask them why they chose a particular ob-gyn, what they like about him/her and what they are basing their recommendation(s) on to see if they align with your needs.

Another tried and tested way is by speaking with your family doctor, who can also offer a professional referral. In today’s digital age, it’s also easy to check out what a gynae’s clinic looks like online and surf around to find out if there’s any feedback on the doctor from parenting forums, and even blogs. Some gynaecologists to consider include: Dr Fong Yoke Fai, Dr Fong Yang, Dr Henry Cheng, Dr Tho Chin Keong and Dr James Lee.

And don’t forget, if you are not comfortable with your initial choice of doctor you can always opt to make a switch.


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