Tips on picking a pediatrician?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
3009 posts
Sugar bee

@hspw714:  ask friends & neighbors. Many have times to go meet with them. Make sure they have a similar philosophy of care to you. My practice won’t see patients who don’t vaccinate or even delay. I like that. 

Post # 4
1849 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

  For starters, when we were looking for ours this past fall, I sent out an e-mail to all of my coworkers, asking for recommendations (I’m a teacher and many of my coworkers have younger children). I ended up getting a recommendation from a coworker who uses a pediatrician that is two streets over from our house (added bonus!).

  These were some of the things we thought about. Some are more make-or-break than others.

– Office. Is the location easy and convenient to get to? If we need to get LO there because he’s sick (not even necessarily for a check-up), is it easy enough to get him from daycare and get there? Is the office clean? Ours has a separate waiting area for expectant mothers and babies under the age of 1.

– Office staff. Do they seem nice and helpful? How do they sound when they’re on the phone?

– When you went to interview your doctor, how long did you have to wait? What was their attitude/demeanor? What are their feelings on immunizations, growth/development, etc.? Also, what are your doctor’s hours? Do they have a night where they work late/have Saturday hours for emergencies? What is protocol for an emergency after hours? What’s protocol on being seen by another doctor in the practice? Will you always have that doctor or do you get one randomly? What hospital(s) is/are they affiliated with? Will they visit you in the hospital after the baby is born?

I would also keep in mind how the doctor treats you. Our doctor has a laid back and funny personality, but he is also well read on pediatric topics. He has a strong education background, too. Ours offered to take us on a tour of the office when we were there. He went over the basic protocol of their office, introduced us to the on-call nurses.

I would say your best bet is to ask someone who is similar to yourself for a recommendation. I got a great recommendation from my co-worker, and she has a son who has had some medical problems. Ask how long (on average) they wait in the waiting room, when they call the practice, approximately how long does it take to get a response back, and what they like best about the practice. Think about your own hot button issues and bring those up to your doctor, too.

Sorry this is so long! I hope it somewhat helps. Good luck on your search!

Post # 5
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@hspw714:  we asked family and friends and researched local baby forums for recommendations. important criteria to us was close to our house, had extended hours, open access scheduling for same day appointments, similar values with regards to vaccinatioNs, breast feeding, use of antibiotics, etc. Personality was also important. Luckily we found all that with the first person we interviewed. 

Post # 5
518 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

hspw714:  We asked our OB/GYN and she suggested someone. We just kind of went with him and right after the baby was born he came in to chat with us….we really liked him, so we stuck with him. Well, after MULTIPLE cancelled appts, we decided to change. We met our new ped today and really like her so far. She was suggested to me by a nurse friend who said she is switching her kids to her.

Long story short, ask friends and family who have kids. They have experience with peds already and they would be able to tell you the pros and cons of them.

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