Your Child’s Doctor: Choosing the Right One
Are you excited to make all the preparations for your firstborn? With all the things going about inside a first-time parent’s mind, you shouldn’t forget to find a pediatrician. It’s a smart move to go through this process before your baby is born. This gives you ample time to determine your unique requirements and select a pediatrician who connects with you at a personal level while looking after the best interests of your little one. This may seem daunting, so here are some tips to guide you in making the right choice.
Gather A List Of Names
The first thing you want to do is to gather a list of pediatrician names from your friends, co-workers and family members. This is an excellent opportunity to ask about their experience with their pediatrician and why they recommend him or her to you. At the very least, try to collect at least three names.
If you can get any personal recommendations, then you can head over to the referral website of the American Academy of Pediatrics. You may also check with your insurance company if you want to know more about any doctor not found on the said website.
Your next step is to narrow down your list to the doctors residing near your area. You don’t want to travel a couple of hours just to reach a doctor’s office in the event of an emergency. Also remember that you will have to consult with your pediatrician several times each year. A short commute is preferable to save you time and energy.
Schedule A Face-To-Face Meeting
Now, it’s time to meet with the pediatrician face-to-face. The initial interview is sometimes referred to as a prenatal visit. Take this opportunity to learn more about the doctor. You may ask relevant questions to help you get all the information you need. Of course, you may also feel free to ask about the credentials of the pediatrician. Just be careful with how you frame your questions. For example, asking where the doctor earned his or her degree may seem like you’re trying to “catch” the pediatrician.
You may learn about the doctor’s credentials through an online research. Pay attention to the designations attached to their name. You may want to check whether the pediatrician is board certified and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Remember that the goal of your interview questions should be to determine whether your principles align with a dose of the doctor. For instance, you may want to ask about the doctor’s opinion regarding breastfeeding and circumcision. Many pediatricians agree that breastfeeding benefits the baby for his or her entire first year. When it comes to circumcision, however, many doctors don’t feel the same way. It helps to choose somebody who shares the same opinion with you.
By starting early, you should have plenty of time to interview multiple pediatricians in your area and find the exact one who meets your needs. Make sure that the pediatrician you choose doesn’t only have impressive credentials, but also knows how to genuinely care for you and your baby.
This video has some other interesting points about what to look for in a quality pediatrician.