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How do you find a local OB-GYN doctor?

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Find a local obstetrician-gynecologist using the Physician Directory available through WebMD. This directory allows patients to search for doctors by name or specialty and ZIP code. Individuals can also click on their state of residence and then select a city to access a list of local providers.

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MedlinePlus also provides a list of directories patients can use to find local obstetrician-gynecologists and other specialty doctors, but the website does not recommend or endorse any of the providers included in the directories. Patients should perform adequate research before choosing a medical professional to check his credentials and verify if he is licensed to practice in their state, suggests MedlinePlus.

One way patients can research potential obstetrician-gynecologists is to look them up on the Federation of State Medical Boards website. This website allows patients to verify a practitioner's license and find out if he's eligible to practice in their region, explains MedlinePlus. Patients can also order a doctor profile from this website for $9.95, as of 2015. The profile includes information on disciplinary sanctions, medical specialities and education, including the name of the medical school the doctor attended, the degree earned and the year of graduation.

HealthGrades is another website patients can use to research doctors, notes MedlinePlus. This website allows patients to search for local providers and review information about their level of education and experience, the conditions they treat, the procedures they performed, and any board actions, sanctions or malpractice claims that were filed against them.

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