Choosing a pediatrician is not an easy job. After all, you need to choose a person to whom you will entrust your child’s health care and who will help you make the right decisions concerning your child’s well-being. Your pediatrician must be a person whom you trust and feel comfortable with which is why you should choose one very carefully. You are recommended to start looking for a pediatrician at least a few weeks before your due date because you will not have the time to shop for pediatricians in case you will urgently need a medical advice for your newborn.
You can start the search by asking your family members, friends, co-workers and other people you know if they can recommend you a good pediatrician. If they come up with any names, ask them what they like about them and if there is anything they do not like to be able to get a better picture about different pediatricians and their “style“. It may be also a good idea to ask your obstetrician, midwife or your own health provider for an advice about the selection of your future baby’s doctor.
Write down all pediatricians who were recommended to you. Make sure that all the candidates are certified by the American Board of Pediatrics which proves that they have the necessary education and training in the field of pediatrics. However, do not rely on other people’s recommendations alone when choosing a pediatrician. No one would recommend you a pediatrician if they thought that he or she is not a good choice, however, it is important to be aware that the opinions about who is a good pediatrician and who is not depend greatly on whom you ask.
Every pediatrician who is licensed by the American Board of Pediatrics is adequately qualified to be entrusted to your child’s health care, however, it is highly important to feel comfortable with the selected pediatrician and feel free to ask him or her just about anything, not just about your child’s health. For that reason you are highly recommended to contact several pediatricians to ask them if they are taking on new patients and arrange face-to-face interviews to be able to determine which one meets your needs and expectations the most.
It is a good idea to write down a list of questions before interviewing the potential candidates because you do not want to forget to ask them an important question such as how to reach them in the after hours, what hospitals they admit their patients, etc. Do not be afraid to ask them just about anything because they all understand how challenging it is to choose a pediatrician. Also, pay attention to the staff and how friendly they are, cleanliness and comfort of the office, and the overall atmosphere in the office. You most likely will not have any major problems choosing a pediatrician after completing the interviewing part but if none of the candidates has convinced you, it may be a good idea to arrange a few more interviews with other pediatricians.