(Closed) Picking a Pediatrician

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
11747 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@cora_123:  We have a few interviews set up this month.  Things that were most important to us in determining who to interview were:

-convenient location

-affiliated with our hospital of choice

-office with location in our town and the town we will likely be moving to within the next 1-2 years

-positive reviews

-extended hours

-practice philosophy that we are comfortable with (e.g., one practice we looked at specifically said on their website they follow the CDC vaccination schedule and will not offer alternative vaccine schedules.  This is fine for us, but if we wanted the choice of an alternative vaccine schedule it was nice to know up front.  Most practices don’t have that level of detail on their website so you won’t know until the interview). 

Post # 4
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think what’s important when looking at pediatricians is that you share certain view points.  (Oh, and that they take your insurance!!)

For example, many doctors refuse to see patients who choose not to vaccinate.  Some physicians are open to a delayed or modified vaccination schedule while others are not.

If you plan to breast feed, see if your pediatrician is supportive and encouraging of that.  If you choose to formula feed, make sure your pedi won’t pressure you about your choice.

Peditricians are people, and often are parents themselves, and they have their own ideas, philosophies, and views.  While they shouldn’t necessarily spill over into their professional life, sometimes they do.  If your doc has really staunch views on any particular issues (like vaccines, feeding, co-sleeping, etc) make sure they fall in line with yours.

You may also want to ask if you’ll always see that particular provider or if they have nurse practitioners, other physicians, or physician assistants who see their patients.

Find out how accessible sick visits are, and how to schedule them.

Can’t think of anything else at the moment, but I think those are the big ones 🙂


Good luck!

Post # 5
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

We found one that:

1-Takes our insurance

2-Is close

3-Multiple doctor practice with CRAZY hours(like 7am-9pm, M-Sat) AND an after-hours on-call line.

4-All the doctors have positive reviews on ZocDoc!

Post # 6
1564 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Here’s our criteria

-Recommended by someone we trust

-Personable pediatrician and staff

-Operating hours that are convenient

-Policies we agree with in terms of vaccinations & breastfeeding support, etc.

-Close location to our home

-Easy to understand policies in terms of emergencies, after hours procedures, sick visits, etc.

-Accepts our insurance

ETA: Oh and low doctor/staff turnover rate.



Post # 7
1301 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’m not in the US so I can’t comment on the logistical stuff, but I definitely think you want a Pedi that you can be upfront and honest and comfortable discussing your parenting philosophies with.

I read so many stories of families lying to their Pedi’s about topics such as sleep and vaccinations and that just doesn’t seem to be a good way to go about building a relationship.

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