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they will most likely charge you if you ask for your records directly. If you want to pay then you don't have to tell them why you want them, just get them copy them and send them to the other places... if you don't want to pay you'll need to get a release form from either your current place or the other two places to get the records released directly to the other practices, which means you probably wont see them at all, but that you also wont have to pay for them.
I would guess it will be around $25 for the records, but each practice is different.
If your current OB has a problem with you getting a second opinion then they are not a good practice to be at anyway... doctors should welcome the opportunity to show that they are 'right'.. and if they don't then perhaps they are not right after all.
I've never switched providers, but since I'm planning a home birth and also receive parallel care through a group of nurse midwives/ob-gyns just in case I have to transfer to the hospital. I ask for print-outs of any important records at each appointment (e.g., my u/s results) so I can share them with my midwives and it's never been an issue. Considering that you're wanting a vbac, I would think that your current doctors would be very understanding that you want to "shop around" a bit.
Ugh! That stinks. I switched from my OB (I had him for my VBAC in my last pg) to my hb m/w but I didn't need to transfer any records, so I'm really of little help. Your new care provider usually asks your old one for the records. I do suggest going with the midwives, though.
Stacey, wife to Allan & Mom to:
Anastasia (13)- C/S 8lbs 7oz, 20.5"
Noah (11)- C/S 8lbs 12oz, 19"
Oliver (4)- VBA2C 7lbs 3oz, 19.5"
Baby Grayson born sleeping at 39w pg due to thrombophelia;
Protein S and Protein C deficient, Factor V Leiden , & MTHFR
(10/16/13)- 2VBA2C 9lbs 12oz, 22" My Chart
I just switched from an OB practice to a birth center, my OB was super awesome and understanding! I just asked for a copy of my records and got them no real questions asked at the check out desk. I didn't pay for them either. The birth center just needed me to bring them to my first appt though. They didn't need them before hand.
You probably don't even have to talk to your OB to get them, just the admin people upfront.