Having a baby is an exciting time, but it can also be an anxious one.
Women may have concerns about an underlying medical condition, their upcoming birth experience, or the health of their baby. It’s normal to worry sometimes. But trusting in your physician to support, understand, and guide you through the process is essential.
Cynthia Fornicola knows too well the importance of having a doctor she can trust. Cynthia was pregnant with her first child when she began to have medical problems.
By the time she was six months pregnant, Cynthia’s heart rate shot up dramatically and she was raced to the emergency department. Cynthia was diagnosed with a condition called supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). SVT can cause the heart to beat so fast that it can become hard to breathe. Cynthia’s condition was managed with medication by her cardiologist.
But she felt disconnected from her OB/GYN and decided to switch doctors. That’s when she called the office of Dr. Patel.
“On that first call to his office, Dr. Patel himself got on the phone and listened to my entire story. He addressed every concern I had and assured me he would take care of me,” remembers Cynthia. “He was so compassionate and knowledgeable.”
This level of compassionate attention — what some may consider going above and beyond expectations — is normal for Dr. Patel. In fact, he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I treat each patient as if she were my only patient,” explains Dr. Patel. “I put my patients in control — giving them the time they need, answering all of their questions, and teaching them as much as I can. I believe trust is the most important thing in a physician-patient relationship. It’s not enough to be a knowledgeable physician if you don’t really listen to the patient.”
Cynthia’s pregnancy wasn’t easy. She was rushed to Riverview Medical Center by ambulance two more times for her SVT. Each time, Dr. Patel was there, providing support and assuring Cynthia that her baby was OK. Today, Cynthia is the mother of Ava, a healthy baby girl. She credits her positive experience to Dr. Patel and is relieved to have a doctor who makes her so comfortable.
“As OB/GYNs, we are in a unique position. Patients come to us, entrusting us with the birth of their child,” says Dr. Patel. “No matter what road the patient has been on — through difficulties getting pregnant, a high-risk medical or obstetrical condition, or a normal pregnancy — it’s our job to be there for them.”