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can a doctor deny you if you waited too long to make an appointment while pregnant? like lets say can a doctor deny you if you waited until you are 30-40 weeks a long? and if everyone denies you, how will you deliver a healthy baby without a doctor?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 12:49 AM on Jul. 7, 2010 in Pregnancy

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  • you'd just have to go to the hospital when you go into labor. there are a lot of offices who won't accept you too far along
    aliishott2

    Answer by aliishott2 at 12:50 AM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • Yes, he can deny you, especially if they're private practice.
    However, they are obligated to have you sign a paper stating that you are aware of it, and you agree.
    Most of the times, it's not keeping an appointment for "x" amount of times, other doctors have you pay a fee for no-show, especially not calling, stuff like that.
    If you're worried about this, I would definitely ask his nurse and the doctor himself what his policies and expectations are. :]
    ManicMomma02

    Answer by ManicMomma02 at 12:51 AM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • Oh, whoops. I didn't read the second question properly... :[
    Some doctors are very uncomfortable accepting a patient that far along - as a new patient. The only thing you can really do is just contact all the doctors around your area and ask them if they will. When the time comes that you go into labor, there WILL be on-call OB docs that will be available to deliver your baby. :] no worries.
    ManicMomma02

    Answer by ManicMomma02 at 12:52 AM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • It would make you a liability and a doctor could certainly deny you. You would just have to go to the hospital and be admitted with general med service doctors when you go into labor. If there is a womens clinic through your local hospital, you could try and get an appointment there.
    Erin814

    Answer by Erin814 at 12:54 AM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • the dr should accept u
    mrsary

    Answer by mrsary at 1:21 AM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • They can deny taking you, yes.

    Have you started interviewing?
    Be sure to include midwives if you're looking for really quality maternity care. (You're more likely to be accepted, too.)

    Remember that doctors are very new to attending childbirths.
    This is a modern invention.
    ;-)
    Women have birthed without doctors and without hospitals for most of history~ and clearly we are here today.
    So no, we don't *need* doctors to give birth. *Statistics show we do better without them, actually.
    If you are healthy/"low-risk" avoiding an OB is a smart route.

    doulala

    Answer by doulala at 1:40 AM on Jul. 7, 2010

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