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Felicia - posted on 01/03/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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I am going to be a first time mom and I need to start looking for a doctor for my baby. I have no clue what to look for or what to ask and it is making me very frazzled! Any suggestions would be helpful.

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Emily - posted on 01/03/2010

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I was so worried about finding my daughter a good doctor until I remembered that I had been going to the same practice since I was 14. Does your doctor take children? How do you feel about taking your child there?

Brandi - posted on 01/03/2010

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Call around to your local pediatricians' offices and schedule a prenatal visit. They will schedule some time to sit and talk with you and address any concerns you may have or questions you have. You want to come to the appt. with a list of questions and try to keep it brief, but get all the answers you want. This will make you much more comfortable with the dr. AFTER delivery. HOWEVER, be prepared for things to shift course, if you will. I met with a pediatrician that is part of the group my kids go to now and scheduled him to be my kids' pediatrician after meeting him and speaking to him, I felt pretty confident that he was knowledgeable, kind, caring about my child, and would be relatively sensitive to any concerns I would have. THEN I went into labor at the same time some other lady did who ALSO uses this pediatric group and used a woman pediatrician from that group. While she was there, the woman pediatrician noticed that my daughter was also part of her group and just took a look at her. (as all pediatricians do when their patients are first born). My daughter had a slight issue with her skin being dry and she was a little small *I was induced a week early and she could have used another week lol* SO the female dr. wanted to see my daughter in 2 days, so when I called the ped. office, I said "Dr. ______" *the female dr.* wanted to see my daughter in 2 days and my daughter sorta got switched from the male dr. to the female dr. inadvertently. The female dr. is FANTASTIC. I LOVE HER and while I see the male dr. if my kids are sick suddenly or their reg. dr. isn't available, I really prefer the female dr. She is a mother of 2 grown kids now and has been thru it all and is very in tune with how mothers feel after having a baby. She is just as good for me as she is for my kids. The male dr. would have been great for my kids, but I could tell, I might be on my own with some of the "feelings" stuff when I spoke with him (just like men lol) So anyway. I hope this helps some. Also, remember if you start with one ped. and REALLY can't stand them, you can always go AFTER the baby is born and find one you can trust (but try to keep this to a minimum) Good luck. and Congratulations!!!!

Alexis - posted on 01/03/2010

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with my first the hospital actually signed one to me..and then i talked to some friends and now am expecting the second and i switched to someone they recommened.and he's great!just ask around.good luck!

Karla - posted on 01/03/2010

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you can schedule an appointment with the pedi way before your baby is born. take a notebook with as many questions that you will want answered. like what times are they available(evenings/weekends). who will be incharge after hrs. how many pedi's/lpn's etc. as soon as you start asking them little questions like that you will be able to see how interested they are in your baby being their patient. the whole thing is to shop around. take your time bc this will be your babies pedi until they he/she will be 18

Christina - posted on 01/03/2010

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Call your local peditrician's office's and explain this is your first child, my office actually told me to come on down and see the office you want someone who kind of goes along with what you say. Like if you dont feel like every little sickness requires antibiotics (some do) how you and your husband see medicine where it fits. I love my office our doctor for our son is more laid back but very hands on and very watchful but lets things ride sometimes doesnt medicate for eevery little thing understands our history and my concerns and is very okay with me calling for stupid questions. BUt most importantly is how yor child reacts with them as they exam them the first time I didnt like my sons and changed doctors within that office and have been hppy ever since. Really see if you can set up and appt to talk to the doctor and ask questions how they see medicine how they feel about vaccines how the office is run etc... Its really not really hard its more like first time mom jitters... lol.. I was the same way 18 months ago it felt like so much but in the end it was nothing more than seeing my son and them interacted together well... You'll do fine and always go with your gut.

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Ask around. My cousins use a pediatrician that they love and raved about. I went to her. I got very lucky because she is so supportive. Is breastfeeding important? Some doctors seem to support that more than others so if that is a priority for you then make sure you ask. Don't be scared to switch doctors if you are ever uncomfortable. I did NOT like the doctor at the hospital and my husband decided he would be the last person we ever took our children to. The ped. we finally decided on even questions some of the things he did and told us in the hospital (giving her a cat scan at one day old? whatever) Anyway, just ask people around you who they use. And if you have strong opinions on certain parenting issues make sure you ask about that too.

Lizz - posted on 01/03/2010

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check and see if your dr is a ped. most doctors are peds on top of it. if not......i would talk to your ob and see if she can recommend anyone.

Connie - posted on 01/03/2010

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I was in the same boat this time, last year. I use a suggested Pedi. through my hospital and ob/gyn. Turns out she's been the best. My daughter's pedi genuiely cares about my daughter and my concerns for her.



You really want someone you can reach out to at all hours of the day,night weekends, vacations and doesn't mind answering the silly questions without being judgemental. Even the doctor's nurses should be friendly and willing to answer any questions when you can't get the doctor directly for whatever reason. Watchout for the one's that give you handout copies from a book that doesn't give you enough information on what to expect each month as your baby is devoloping. You do want two copies of every vaccine your baby gets and a detailed discription of what it is, when your baby should have the vaccine and why it is important, with pro's and con's and effects of it. When it came down to my daughter being on solids, I found the Gerber website and their meal plans to be very helpful.



After you get suggested doctor's, you can look up their history online and medical reviews, then decide. But don't settle on a doctor if you get a bad gut feeling about them.

Amanda - posted on 01/03/2010

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I also met my first son's dr at the hospital. He came and introduced himself to me and took care of us in the hospital. I liked him alot, and really loved almost all the dr's in his practice. When I moved away from the area I found one just by the phone book. (I would not sugest doing that!) After that, I went with a Peds dr that was recommended by a family member. Dont feel obligated to go see the dr you first meet in the hospital, as well as the dr someone you know may go to. Take your time and change drs if you need to. I feel like you should like the office as a whole, not just the dr. Also, my idea of a 'good' dr for my boys changed as they changed and developed their own personalities. My kids now see their own dr, in the same office. My oldest is nervous because of past expeirences and needs someone very soft spoken and understanding. My youngest has health issues and needs someone that has experience with his condition. Just relax and go with what you feel comfortable with. Good Luck!

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My kids go to a pediatrician that my sister in law used first and really liked him. I would ask around to my friends and family that have small kids. Also, it doesn't hurt to call the doc. office and ask about the doctor. Just tell them you are a new mom and are looking for a pediatrician. They might even let you make an appointment to meet him/her.

If you are having a boy and choose to get him circumcised his pediatrician will need to come to the hospital and do that. They will ask you if you have a preference, if you don't they will choose for you.
GOOD LUCK! Don't start stressing so much over it, this will be the least of your stress trust me :) Congrats by the way!

Ashley - posted on 01/03/2010

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you want a doctor who will have time for you questions someone that is not in to check ya out then out right away.....make sure that they are not gonna be on vacation by the time your ready for labor.....ummm usually you can look up your local hospital and look at the doctors info on what they do...

Amanda - posted on 01/03/2010

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usually the doctors surgery you are with will have a baby doctor, they usually have worked with babys for a long time and they look after your baby till toddlers then you get another, if you are happy with who you are with then theres no need to change, but if you are not 100 per cent happy then maybe consider changing, hope its helped. amanda

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