Have You Selected a Pediatrician Yet?

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Registered: 07-05-2005
Have You Selected a Pediatrician Yet?
Fri, 05-17-2013 - 12:15pm

Many parents-to-be have discovered it's a good idea to interview possible babydoctors before the baby is born. And though today's health care plans have perhaps severely limited your choice of doctors, most plans still do have some choices. Physicians usually welcome these appointments and do not charge for prenatal interviews, but occasionally some do.

Ask if there will be a fee when you call to make the appointment. Also, ask how much time you'll have with the physician, so that you can pace your questions. Have your questions written down, and take someone with you -- your partner or a friend. One of you needs to take notes. When grandparents live nearby, some parents-to-be bring along their mom or dad, especially if this person will be seeing a lot of the grandchild.

Choosing a Baby Doctor: Ten Questions to Ask Your Pediatrician-http://www.ivillage.com/choosing-baby-doctor-ten-questions-ask-your-pediatrician/6-a-144659?p=1

Have you selected a pediatrician for baby yet?  If so, how did you make your choice?  What things did you look for when deciding?

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Registered: 08-26-2008
Fri, 05-17-2013 - 1:24pm

When we were looking for a ped for your DD we went to three different offices open houses and selected based on the feel we got from the offices/doctors.  We've been very happy with our choice and will be using the same docs for #2 =)


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Registered: 10-21-2009
Thu, 05-23-2013 - 11:11pm
I went to a ped until I was 18, almost 19 and got a letter in the mail that he passed away. I was absolutely devastated. When I brought DS1 home from the hospital I followed the hospital peds recommendation for our son but I wasn't happy with her so I called up my old doctors office and started taking him there. My doctor picked the new doctor to take over his practice so that is how I felt comfortable with that decision. Only downside was the drive but we live much closer now and she absolutely loves DS1, she takes extra good care of us because she knows how close I was to my doctor.