Post # 1
So one of the group pediatric offices holds a ‘get to know us’ group meeting once every couple months. Just realized it was tonight and there’s not another one until right before our baby is due.
So, ack, last minute – what questions should I ask? They do take our insurance and as far as practices around here go there’s only one other pediatrician in the area who’s not part of their group so it’s not like choice is really going to be an option – but I just want to make sure I ask anything that might be helpful to know.
Post # 3
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
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
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.
Post # 6
So it ended up being a nice thing to go to – mainly because we got lost, so now we at least know where it is and won’t be searching for it with a screaming baby. I guess we didn’t really get lost we were in the parking lot like 3 seperate times but there’s no sign for it until you get out of the car and walk into this enclave (it was also pouring so maybe that’s what obstructed the sign), we both thought it would be more obvious.
It was good to go to, they talked about what their role will be at the hospital during or after delivery and when they usually arrange visits and their philosophies on a few different subjects. Although they made it clear what their opinion was on certain issues (and we didn’t disagree on any of it) they also used a language that made it clear it’s the parents in charge. I think that was my biggest worry was that they might have a bit of a bully approach that’s turned me off with some doctors, but even when expressing strong ideas they still used language that empowered parents, which I’m sure was purposeful but also reassuring. So hopefully it works out but it seemed positive. And half hour well-baby visits, after feeling like I’m being a nuisance in the OBs office if I spend 5 minutes there that sounds like eternity.