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Nurse practitioner vs doctor

I'm 37 weeks and at my appointment this week I will be meeting with a nurse practitioner instead of a doctor because the office has been so busy. Can I expect the same from them as I would a doctor? I'm just a little concerned since I'm so far along and I know I will be having an exam to see if I have progressed any. Any experiences with this?


Asked by moviemom22 at 3:13 PM on Sep. 8, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • Personally in my experience Nurse Practioners are as good if not better than doctors. I find that because they are nurses not doctors they are allowed to allocate more time per appointment than doctors (they cost less per minute). Also nurse practioners recieve a more narrow and focused education so they tend to provide more specialized care (which is perfect for Prenatal care). Finally all nurse practioners are supervised by physicians, so the care you recieve will be reviewed and if the physician thinks anything has been missed, you will be contacted.

    Answer by FuzNet at 3:20 PM on Sep. 8, 2009

  • It would be pretty similar.
    But you can decline the exam~ it will not tell anyone any information they can use.

    Answer by doulala at 3:21 PM on Sep. 8, 2009

  • I loved my NP. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to do prenatal care.

    Answer by MoonLover06 at 3:22 PM on Sep. 8, 2009

  • it'll be the same if it wasnt they wouldnt use them plus all they are doing is checking for dialation and the heartbeat no big deal what could they mess up

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:54 PM on Sep. 8, 2009

  • I agree with the first poster. When I saw one, I got better care and she listend to my worries/fears more closely becasue she had more time. Gl

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:14 PM on Sep. 8, 2009

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