Preparing for your childbirth should begin the moment you have
planned to get pregnant. This means that you need to prepare your health, your
body, your finances, and also look for a team of doctors that can help you
every step of the way.
First time parents usually have a hard time trying to choose the
best pediatrician for their baby. Most of the time, first time parents would seek
the recommendation of their obstetrician and midwife.
As an expecting parent, it is best to search for a pediatrician
that you are most comfortable to work with. The reason being is that your
pediatrician will be your companion as you raise your baby to be the healthiest
child you want him or her to be. Besides, deciding on your baby’s pediatrician is one of the most crucial
decisions you will have to make since you will be entrusting your child’s care to this specialist.
The pediatrician that you will be choosing should be trusted and
has full capabilities of being a good doctor.
Do Your Research First
The internet is powerful and handy enough to bring you all sorts
of information in a single click of the search button of a search engine. What
you need to do first is to do your research. Create a list of all of your
prospective pediatricians on a sheet of paper and try inquiring with each of
them over the telephone. List all their clinic schedules, sub-specialties, and
When Should I Start Looking for A Pediatrician?
There is actually no specific time on when you should start
looking for a pediatrician. The start of your journey looking for that perfect
doctor that will guide you and your child towards the optimum quality of life
depends on your own prerogative. Some parents start as early as the second
trimester or can be later as they enter the last trimester of pregnancy.
Typically, first time parents would go for someone who is recommended by their
obstetricians or midwives. While mothers who are already on their next
pregnancy would opt to have the service of the pediatrician who took care of
her firstborn. However, they can still opt to change their physician depending
on the circumstances.
What Should I Consider When Looking for A Pediatrician?
When searching for a pediatrician, you have to ask yourself and
reflect, what do you look for in one? Do you value the location–for example,
does your pediatrician need to be near your place? Do you consider if they are accepted
by your insurance? How about the number of the years they have been in
practice? These are a few of the questions that you have to ask yourself. Now,
if you have the answers to these questions, jot them down on a sheet of paper.
After doing so, skim the list of the pediatricians that you have gathered
earlier on and shortlist them once again as you see fit.
Is It Okay to Interview Pediatricians?
Normally, pediatricians would agree to conduct a quick interview.
It is like canvassing from various stores until you find someone you are most
comfortable working with. Remember, for a relationship between a healthcare provider
and client to work, rapport must first be established. As a client it is
important that you feel comfortable working with your pediatrician and the fact
that you can fully trust him or her with your child’s health.
It is okay to go from pediatrician to pediatrician until you
think you have found someone that you are most comfortable settling with.
Also keep in mind that some physicians are not comfortable doing a
long interview, the reason being is that they are always on the go, and if that
is the case, you can ask them if you can schedule an appointment.
Respect from both parties should be mutual to gain a harmonious
What Questions Should I Ask the Doctor When I Get the Chance to
Among the essential questions that you need to ask your
prospective pediatrician are:
hospitals he or she is affiliated with along with his or her daily clinic
doctor willing to see your baby on the day of the delivery to administer
his or her policy regarding telephone inquiries? How about e-mail?
These are only the most basic yet important questions that you
need to ask your doctor. Regarding his or her experiences. Normally physicians
would hang up their diplomas on the walls of the clinics. You should also ask
them about their experience with newborns, just make sure that you talk about
it in a non-intimidating way.
Now that you have these handy tips to help you get through the
phase of selecting a doctor, we hope that you will find success in choosing
one. Remember, if you are not fully satisfied with a candidate, you can always
move on to the next one until you have figured out whom you can comfortable
work with and can fully entrust the health of your child with.