Before you leave the hospital with your baby, you will complete your first well-baby doctor appointment. In the first year of their life, you will have seven more of these appointments, so you will want to ensure you are comfortable with your baby's pediatrician.
In choosing a pediatrician or family doctor for your child, first ensure you are confident in their professional ability to diagnose and treat your baby. Additionally, as stated in the YOU: Your Child's First Teacher books:
You have the right to choose a provider that you are comfortable with and who responds to your questions and concerns in a compassionate and professional manner.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, many women start looking for a pediatrician in the second trimester of pregnancy. Once you have started your search, here are a few things to consider:
These are just some questions to ask or consider when choosing a pediatrician for your baby. Consider scheduling a 15-minute interview with two or three doctors to discuss these questions and get an idea of your chemistry. Once you make an educated decision, you'll feel much more comfortable and ready for parenthood!