Have You Selected a Pediatrician Yet?

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Registered: 07-05-2005
Have You Selected a Pediatrician Yet?
Thu, 08-22-2013 - 10:05am

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: 03-25-2013
Fri, 08-23-2013 - 10:00am

We will be using the same ped we use for our other children. I adore him!  We switched to him when my youngest was 2.  I really didn't like our ped so I asked my doctor for a recommendation and she gave us his name.  We've been with him since!  

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Registered: 10-09-2003
Sat, 08-24-2013 - 10:12pm
ooh lucky you! I really didn't like the last doc my kids saw, and I'm overdue for their checkups. I need to get researching who is available with ins, and is okay with delayed vax schedule. Our previous Ped doc we saw 4 times, and each time I am pretty sure she is not a fan of kids. Bad specialty to get into, if you don't like your patients.