How to Select a Pediatrician
If it’s been 28 weeks into pregnancy, now is the time for you to find a pediatrician who can help you with taking care of your baby. Having a doctor whom you trust is important since you might need the assistance from time to time for your newborn. In the article below, we look at how to find the right Pediatrician.
The best time to start looking for a pediatrician is between 28 and 34 weeks into your pregnancy when you likely know what you want and have at least a few weeks to do your homework. The process may seem daunting, but realize you’re not trying to find the Best Pediatrician in the World — you’re looking for the best one for your child and one who has personal connection with you.
One person’s pick is sometimes another’s pan, which is why you should collect at least three if not half a dozen names from friends and coworkers. (If you’re short on names, try the American Academy of Pediatrics’ referral site at aap.org/referral.) Call your insurance company about any doctor you’re interested in but don’t see on the list — provider lists change frequently, and the pediatrician may have been added recently.
Next, scout out the location of the pediatrician’s office. Given how often you’ll be schlepping there, you’ll want a short commute. The day that my then 8-month-old daughter suddenly developed a weird body rash, I loved that I was able to call, drive to the office, and be in an exam room within 20 minutes. Also look into which hospitals your candidates are affiliated with; you’ll want one that’s both convenient and reputable. Know more…
Once you decide which pediatrician to have, the next step is to look at the questions that you should ask.
Expecting a New Baby? Top Questions to Ask Potential Pediatricians
It comes down to visiting and interviewing potential pediatricians for a meet and greet. But if you’re a first-time mom or perhaps find yourself starting a new search, you might not know the right questions to ask or where to even begin.
Don’t worry—I’ve got you covered. I wanted to make sure my son’s (and later, my twins’) doctor was someone we all felt comfortable with, and someone my kids could preferably go back to for years to come.
I’ll share a few factors you might want to consider when whittling down your choices, and resources to start your search. Find the rest of the questions here…
We hope that you have selected the right pediatrician for your newborn. Do make sure that you look for a Pediatrician near me, so that commuting is not a pain.