So my midwives want me to get a copy of my medical records from my OB. Specifically, they want to see the records from my repair from my tear with DD2, they want to know what degree it was (they wouldn't tell me) and if it actually tore my cervix (I tore upward toward my cervix, but I don't know how far). I called my OB's office and told them I wanted my records. I told them I needed them because I'm going to use a different practice for my birth (I DID NOT tell them the practice is home birth). They seemed nice enough over the phone, and told me I just need to come in to sign a release and they will give them to me. However, I have read that often drs are very possessive of these records, even though they are legally mine. I'm concerned that they are just going to type up a summary and give me that (when I switched practices for my 2nd birth, I asked them to fax the records from my c-section birth to the new practice, and all they sent was a summary). So, I'm prepared to go in and fight with them a little. I just wondered if anyone else had experience getting their records, and if their provider gave them trouble. Are there any key terms I should toss around when I'm trying to get them to give me what I want? And advice on what I should ask for specifically? I don't want to make them to mad, because I do intend to go back to them for my regular yearly care once baby arrives.
I am planning on writing up my request and asking for:
1. Full medical records of DD1's birth (just because I'm curious)
2. Full medical records of DD2's birth - well, really just the repair because we didn't make it to the hospital for the birth
3. My latest bloodwork (my midwives just want to see it)
Is there any reason to ask for the records from my hospital stays also? I have a feeling they will either charge me a per page fee, or a flat fee for making copies.