Finding the Right Pediatrician
October 5, 2015
Okay… it’s time; time to find the right doctor for your baby if you already haven’t. If you are still on the search, how do you find the right person to care for your baby?
First, we suggest asking your friends and family what doctor they take their kids to, as sometimes experience is the best way to narrow your search. Use social media like Facebook to get responses fast.
After you get a list of names, see what doctors are covered by your insurance. From there, to narrow down your doctor options, consider location. Once you’ve narrowed down your search to Pediatricians that are relatively close to you, you can start digging further. Or, if location isn’t a must-have for you, widen your search.
If you are looking for a doctor with a certain specialty, look on your insurance’s directory of doctors who specialize in that, or call and ask the doctor’s office if they do indeed specialize in what you’re looking for.
If it is important to you that your child’s doctor is board-certified with the American Academy of Pediatrics, you can find a directory of names here.
If you’ll be delivering at a specific hospital, you’ll want to make sure this doctor is affiliated with that hospital and that the hospital is also covered by your insurance.
You’ll also want to know how many different doctors practice in that office, as you’ll see the other doctors if your doctor is not available.
After you’ve found a handful of doctors you are interested in, consider asking them a set of questions, including:
– How long have you been practicing?
– What is your childcare philosophy when it comes to breastfeeding, circumcision, vaccinations and discipline issues?
– How long are your wellness checks?
– Do you have children?
– What are your office hours? Are you open on weekends and holidays?
Something you may not think of, but you’ll want to check out the doctor’s office too. Check to make sure the office looks clean, and if they have books and toys for the kids, are they clean too? Is the office staff friendly and helpful to you? Are people waiting long for their appointments? Another important observation to make- is there a separate entrance for sick visits and wellness visits? These things will be important to you in the long-run.
Once you have selected a pediatrician, remember, if you are not fully satisfied with their practice, you can and should keep looking for the right doctor for your family!
What helped you find the right pediatrician?
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