(Closed) Questions to ask when picking pediatrician?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Uh, make sure they are going to uphold the same beliefs as you? My mom was pissed that my doctor would suggest I know the proper use of condoms and birth control at the age of 12/13. But, that’s not something you have to worry about now. 

Post # 4
6010 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I would try to find out their general beliefs on things like breastfeeding, co-sleeping, vaccination schedules, starting solids, etc… to see if it lines up with your beliefs.  You can ask about resources like a nurses’ hotline or an emergency call number for when your baby gets sick and it’s outside of business hours, or if you just need some guidance.  Also, find out how quickly they respond to your calls/questions and whether it’s a nurse or a doctor who calls back.  If you have any specific, genetic medical issues in your or DH’s families, you might ask if they have experience dealing with those problems. 

We didn’t have many choices either, and ended up going with one of the (few) pediatricians in town.  After 6 months, we switched Addie over to the family practioner my husband and I go to.  So just remember that there are other options if you don’t feel comfortable with the pediatricians you’ll be meeting tonight.  Good luck!

Post # 5
165 posts
Blushing bee

Do you have priviledges at the hospital I’m delivering at (will my newborn be seen by you at the initial hospital pediatrician visit?)  What are your hours?  Do you have Saturday sick hours?  What do I do if my baby is sick after hours?  Can my baby be seen the same day for sick appointments?  How many doctors are in your practice?  Do you allow patients in your practice who choose delayed vaccination schedules?  How are patient questions handled (nurse, doctor, voicemail & callback, how long for call back, etc.)?  Do you have separate waiting rooms for newborns, well child, & sick child?  And if they don’t have their doctors’ education and experience online for you to review, I’d want to get this info. at the session. 

I think those sessions are a great way to get a general feel for your comfort level with the practice.  They get the same questions over and over for these things so they’ll likely cover most of the questions you’re worrying you might not ask before it’s time for the Q&A.  

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