(Closed) A few words on picking a pediatrician

posted 9 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Worker bee

  Agreed! Although sometimes, even though other moms, or even family may not do things the same as you, the dr may be more flexible. For instance, my pediatrician has no problem with my delayed vax and skipping the ones I feel are not needed. He’s great at explaining things which is awesome The rest of my husbands family vax without questions. They all use him as well.

 He has, I think 5 kids of his own so it’s nice to know that he’s has some real life practice too!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

My good friend from college is applying for his residency at the children’s hospital here, I’m hoping so hard that he gets it so that in a few years when we decide to have kids, he can be their pediatrician. ๐Ÿ™‚ If that doesn’t work out though, I’ll be sure to hit you up for your recommendations in Seattle, MrsDG!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m not even planning on kids yet, and this is one of those things that already stresses me out. There aren’t that many pediatricians in this area, and I haven’t really heard anything great about any of them. And I can tell you I’m going to be anal about vaccinations. We actually only have like 2 decent OB/GYN’s, too,  so it’s slim pickin’s around here.  

Post # 7
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Newbee

Mrs. DG: HUGE thumbs up.

@bree72: I’d recommend joining a local MOMS Club if you can. I made lots of friends that way, and got great recommendations for doctors, dentists, preschools, etc.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

DG, do you have advice on picking a doctor in a rural area?  Our insurance covers one group pediatrics practice up here (there might be only one pediatrics practice to begin with), and of those 5 doctors, only three of them are here full-time (the others fill-in as needed from the office in Gardnerville).  So we already know which practice we’ll go to, but I’m not sure how you go about picking one doctor out of the practice?  Are there any etiquette rules we should follow?  Can we interview all of them at the same time to find our best fit?  

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Good to know, DG.  I’ll also PM you.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

oh gosh, this is a GREAT point to bring up and great advice. I don’t have any kids, but as a nanny, I often went with the family I used to work for to the dr appointments and stuff. They didnt really like all the vaccinations he had to get and would try talking to the Drs about it and some were really just downright rude. The family was doing the 3 separate shots instead of the MMR (though I don’t think you can do that anymore) and one of the drs came in (not his regular dr, not that she was great either) and was like “oh, so you like torturing your child.” The sad part is he had an intern with him so he’s probably teaching the intern all that stuff as well. Seriously, it was ridiculous. I don’t have anything against vaccinating personally, but I can respect others who might be warry of it (the parents werent from the US and weren’t used to such vaccination practices) but that’s no excuse to be rude. I also remember being a kid and still remember the good dr vs the bad one. Most of the kids at my school all had the same pediatrician as us since he was great, but there was this other guy there who was a nightmare and just shouldn’t be working with kids.

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