Elliott - posted on 11/29/2008 ( 10 moms have responded )
We're due mid-February, and want to line up a pediatrician ahead of time. However, having never used a pediatrician before as adults (Beka will be our first child), we're trying to compile a list of questions to ask, so we don't get blindsided by something radically out of skew with our parenting style or needs six months on and have to change horses midstream.
A few notes on what we're like, to help:
-We will breasfeed exclusively for at least 6-8months, assuming all the plumbing cooperates.
-We will babywear, and use slings and carriers far more than the carseat-and-stroller-everywhere modality.
-We're interested in treating this pregnancy, and our child's childhood, as natural processes and not medical problems, but we're not Christian Scientists or anything.
-We're both massive geeks, and deal best with new situations by getting LOTS OF INFORMATION.
-We're both very experienced dog-owners, and are used to handling most small, maintenance-style veterinary issues (nail clipping, ear mites, anal glands, etc) on our own without having to take them in, and are interested in learning how to do that for our child as well.
What sorts of things should I be sure to bring up with a pediatrician before we 'hire' them? What kinds of questions have you found particularly telling as to medical style? What issues have blindsided YOU with your pediatrician, that you wish you knew about ahead of time?