What's the difference btwn docs?

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What's the difference btwn docs?
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Sun, 01-16-2011 - 11:51am

Not sure this is in the correct spot. My anal future-planning side is coming out here....

My RE told me that when I am pg it will be high-risk D/T risk of IC and PTL R/T the septum (even though it's gone). I've seen that some ladies have pg managed by RE, MFM, Peri, reg OB/GYN, high-risk OB/GYN, or combo. I'm wondering what is the difference between the types. What does each offer? Any advantages? LOL, and perhaps I'm using different names for some of the same thing. The MFM is a high-risk OB/GYN, right? And a Peri is a MFM (thank you google). So does high-risk = MFM = Peri?

I've been trying to occupy my mind while I wait on AF. I feel like a spaz and we're not even TTC yet. :smileytongue:


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Sun, 01-16-2011 - 1:12pm
I'm not sure what MFM is, but, I know that a Peri will monitor the high risk pregnancy and treat the condition, but usually the Peri doesn't do the delivery. So they will work with your OB as you get closer to your due date, and you will still have to see the OB regularly too.

My guess would be that if you could find an OB that does high risk too, then you would just have to see one dr. - the high risk OB could treat you during the high risk pregnancy and also deliver you.

I think the same probably applies for the RE - the RE's job is to get you pregnant, but I believe most RE's don't actually deliver.
Kelly, mom to 4 year old Lexi, wife to Rob TTC Number 2 since April 2010, with a loss in June 2010 at 4.5 weeks, and a loss in April 2011 at 8 weeks (possibly ectopic). Saw the RE in May 2011, we were moving forward with testing and an IUI when we
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Sun, 01-16-2011 - 2:00pm
Aha! That would explain the need for a combo. Thanks, Kelly! I did a little more looking on google and found that a MFM (maternal fetal medicine) doc is a high-risk OB that is also called a Peri. Hmmm, guess the three are kinda' the same? I wasn't sure if it was like, well any A could be called B but not all Bs are As or if A=B and B=A. KWIM?

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Mon, 01-17-2011 - 11:55am
lol Lydia, yes, I think you are right. It like A=B, but sometimes B=A and other times B=C but not A. ;-)
good luck!
Kelly, mom to 4 year old Lexi, wife to Rob TTC Number 2 since April 2010, with a loss in June 2010 at 4.5 weeks, and a loss in April 2011 at 8 weeks (possibly ectopic). Saw the RE in May 2011, we were moving forward with testing and an IUI when we
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Wed, 01-19-2011 - 6:22am

LOL, it's enough to make your head swim sometimes. I was thinking along the lines that I know all OBs are docs, but not all docs are OBs so...it seems that all Peris are MFM/high-risk but like you said some don't deliver. My friend recommended a Peri that does deliver even at the hospital that I would want, but the office is an hour away. I was thinking about searching for a closer doc but then I wasn't sure which type of doc I should be searching. LOL, it'll all work out in the end. At least I have something to do to keep myself busy. Thanks for your help!!


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