Before your baby is born, one of the most important decisions you need to make is deciding on a pediatrician because once born, your baby will start seeing doctor’s immediately. Some pediatricians visit your baby in the hospital, while others will see the baby a few days after he/she is born. If your pediatrician does not come to the hospital then the pediatricians on the hospital staff will see your baby.
When I was around 8-9 months pregnant I started doing my research and selected a pediatrician. Before I finalized my decision I scheduled a meeting with her to ask some questions. I highly recommend meeting your child’s prospective pediatrician. You need to feel comfortable with them because you will be asking LOTS of questions and as your child grows you will be seeing a lot of them.
One thing to consider that is not in the list of questions is the sex of your baby. Ideally, your child will have the same pediatrician for years and grow from baby to adolescence with them. Puberty is an awkward time and I thought the Tiny Dancer might be more comfortable asking questions and going through that time with a female doctor. I made sure to find a woman pediatrician so I wouldn’t have to switch doctors when the time came.
Finally, I tried to find someone close to home. Well-baby visits are pretty frequent in the first year and there have been many instances when I went to the doctor the same day for unforeseen reasons. The last thing you want to do is trek all over the place – you’ve already got enough stuff to do. If you can find someone close to home it will make your life much easier.
Finding the right pediatrician for your child is one of the most important things you can do for your baby. When you meet with your child’s pediatrician never be afraid to ask questions. I highly doubt you can ask them something that they haven’t been asked before. When it comes to your child’s health and safety there are no stupid questions.