I am 5 weeks pregnant and this is my first pregnancy. I just scheduled my first prenatal appointment. I was expecting that the first appointment would be the most comprehensive one, that I would get a chance to meet my doctor and be able to ask a lot of questions. I was surprised when I learned that the first appointment wouldn't be with my doctor, but with a nurse practitioner.
Is this the usual practice? Should I be worried? Should I look for another provider?
My opinion is that you lucked out!!! This is a practice that has created the time for you to see a knowledgeable professional and for you to get exactly what you are asking for--a chance to get all your questions answered and the practice to get a complete history (and physical in some practices).
In most cases, if you want that type of care all the time, you would have to go to a midwife; but if you want a doctor (who will normally see you for only a few minutes, and not necessarily every visit), then be grateful that they have a nurse practitioner who will actually spend some time with you.
-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.