Post # 1
I’m 33 weeks pregnant… we’re meeting with a few different pediatrician’s in the next two weeks and for some reason, I’m kind of nervous. lol
What kind of questions did you ask when meeting with pediatrician’s?
When you found one you really liked, how did you proceed from there? I’m assuming you have to let them know you picked them before the baby is born, right? Did you just tell them, “we’d like to go with you”?
Thanks in advance for your help!
Post # 3
I didn’t do any interviews, because I went with the doctor who was my own pediatrician growing up 🙂 But here are some questions I’ve heard are good to ask:
–How long does it take to get an appointment?
–Are there separate areas for sick and healthy kids? (you probably don’t have to ask, but pay attention.)
–If my doctor is unavailable, who do I see?
–How do you feel about vaccination? (Make sure this matches your own feelings)
–How do you deal with day-of appointments for injured/sick kids?
And a personal note: Make sure you meet/talk with your doctor’s nurse(s), too. They are the ones who answer your phone calls/call you back, and they are just as important as your doctor.
Also, I wondered about letting them know, and at my office, they said you just put their name down on the hospital forms and they just show up after the delivery. I said “you don’t get to say no?” 😉 Guess not! My pediatrician only takes new babies and siblings of current patients, though. Just ask the office, but you probably just put it down in the hospital.
Post # 4
Also–do I see the pediatrician for all appointments, or are there times I see a nurse practitioner? (Not that this is bad, I love the NP that works with my pediatrician, but it’s important to know).
Post # 5
This is probably highly flammable, but I don’t want to see an NP. They aren’t doctors and if something is seriously wrong with my child, I want them to see a doctor.
Post # 6
@stuckinwonderland: The question should be “in what instances do I see a NP?” My child is 7.5 months and has only seen a NP once–at his “newborn visit” a couple days after we left the hospital. We saw the ped 3 times in the hospital, and had an appointment with her at 2 weeks, so I was totally cool seeing the NP. I don’t have any problems seeing a NP for routine visits, and have seen the ped for every appointment thereafter. When little guy was sick with RSV and my ped was not available, we saw another ped in her practice.
ETA: I don’t think any ped would have a NP see a baby she had concerns was “seriously sick.”
Post # 7
Oops, sorry if I misread that. The NP thing is common here and honestly, it freaks me out a bit. Where I’m from in the midwest, you never saw an NP for anything. I move to New England and they act like they’re doctors. It makes me really uncomfortable. My sister is a practicing nurse who is also in a grad program to be a nurse practitioner, so I know some about their education. I think I’d not be so bothered by seeing one for a sore throat or something though.
Post # 8
There have been some great blog posts on Hellobee that cover pediatrician interviews, preferences, and even philosophies.
Here’s a post that has a pretty decent list of interview questions.
I think it’s easy to only thing about the upfront & obvious things (vaccines, waiting areas, appointments) but there are ALOT of aspects of parenting that can make or break a parent-pedi relationship.
Ie. We co-sleep & co-bed (use a side car) and feel it important to breastfeeind & development of securtiy. We also do extended breasfeeding & delay solids until the child shows all signs of readiness (more between 6-8 mths & opposed to the 4-6 most pedi’s adhere too). We also focus more on development as opposed to growth % (something else alot of pedi’s adhere too). We don’t sleep train, don’t accept routine fluoride, and nurse on demand. These were all things that ultimately made us not a good fit with our pedi regardless of him agreeing with our stance on vaccination.
So you’re going to want to think about things like this as well (that blog post covers most all these things)
There are also these posts that I found really helpful about having a proper perspective on what advice you get & take from your pedi:
Pedi’s & Beyond
Growth Charts Series (there are 3 different posts)
Dumped by our doctor
Post # 9
When i was pregnant with my first child…i called different pediatricians requesting interviews with the Dr. I was laughed at and told you’ll have to schedule an appointment for your child and then u can ask the Dr any questions….so i had to shell out $25 for a checkup my child didn’t need. interviewing pediatricians in my area isn’t standard practice at all…the receptionists were really puzzled by my questions and request. the pediatricians office i take my kids to has four drs and no nurse practitioners. my kids are always seen by Dr. however since there r only drs and no nurses to help..we usually wait for an hour or more with an appointment. the first Dr we went with was really old…like in his 80s and had really dated medical views and didn’t speak good English….more like spanglish. we switched to another Dr in the practice…she’s better…but assumes that everyone speaks Spanish (i live in a predominantly Hispanic part of US and tx)…so i have to take my husband with me…i don’t speak Spanish…he does. there was one Dr that worked there that spoke English and really listened to my concerns and my daughter liked….but he moved practices. good luck in your search.
Post # 10
It was really important to me that my pediatrician have Electronic Health Records and remote access to my childs file so that if an issue ever arose his medical history wold be readily available.
Post # 11
Commenting so I can follow 🙂