(Closed) meeting with potential pediatricians

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

If you haven’t already seen it, I suggested some questions in this thread.  Additionally, Mrs. DG linked her her original suggestions for interviewing a pediatrician in that thread too.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

How far advance do most recommend visiting potential pediatricians?

I still need to go visit day care centers. Oy vey, the list is ever growing….

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@regberadaisy: Oh god, daycare is STILL on my list. Somehow life keeps getting in the way. And I didn’t even think about meeting with pediatricians – I think I just thought I’d find one after the baby was born. Is that silly?

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@Goldilocks1107:

I hear you! We’re running around getting things in order for the closing of our current and new house. Not leaving a lot of time during the day to take off for daycare visits. Hopefully next week or two.

I believe the pediatrician comes to the hospital when your baby is born for a check up. And I know within the first week or two your baby has their first doctor visit. So I think if you wait till the baby is born it might be a bit late?

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I started researching pediatricians in my 8th month and didn’t get around to calling to make appointments for meet and greets until my 9th month.  My son came almost 2 full weeks early so I would suggest the end of your 8th month, beginning of your 9th?  If you haven’t selected a pedi by the time baby is born though you can likely just request an on staff pedi at your hospital to do the day-of check up.  Our pediatrician came the day of, the day after, and then we went to his office on day 4.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

We started putting our names on daycare wait lists as early as 16 weeks into pregnancy. Wait lists are brutal in our area.

On the other hand, we waited a while to interview pediatricians… like, starting around 37 weeks, and DS came at 38 and a half weeks! We had actually done a pediatrician meet and greet the day I went into labor, and had one scheduled for the following day (that clearly we missed since I was giving birth).

You definitely want to have one set up in advance. Even if they don’t come to the hospital (ours did, but it would have been fine if they hadn’t since our hospital also has pediatricians and neonatologists on staff) you’re going to have to go see your pediatrician within a day or so of coming home from the hospital, and again at 2 weeks, and 1 month…

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