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Questions for pediatrician

DH and I have a meeting with our potential pediatrician today. Any must-ask questions? Things you wish you'd known or asked?
TTC since June 2016
BFP on July 22, 2016 (12 DPO)
EDD April 2, 2017

Gave birth to baby girl M on April 3, 2017

Re: Questions for pediatrician

  • I'm in this boat as a FTM and have found a lot of info on their websites regarding vaccinations and insurance and doctors and such. The one I'm pretty sure I'm going with doesn't have separate sick and well waiting rooms, just divided "areas," though from what I've read the separation is not that effective anyway. But the whole practice is better, friendlier, and easy to access. The other contender gave me such a runaround on their automated answering machine that I could never talk to a human being and still haven't been called back. So I decided despite their two locations they probably aren't the best fit. Anyway, for me, it has a lot to do with the vibe. Their website provided answers to most of my questions, though others I was able to ask. But they were things like:

    --do you have lactation consulting/stance on breastfeeding
    --vaccination schedule
    --same day appointments 
    --weekend and evening hours 

    Some of the things I found via reviews were:

    --length of waiting room waits
    --ease of getting a appointment
    --knowledge and competence of doctors
    --friendliness of staff
    --ease of getting records or doctor's notes

    But also as a FTM I don't know if I got all the important stuff answered or not. I just know what I like! 
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  • All of those questions are great! I would add some questions about breastfeeding, if that's what you are planning to do. Breastfed babies tend to not gain weight as quickly after birth as formula fed babies, and some pedi's can push formula because of this. My pedi was OK with the fact that DS wasn't quite up to birth weight at 2 weeks- he was still about 2 oz shy, and he still considered him a well-baby. 

    -How do you feel about breastfeeding?
    -Do you use a different graph for breastfed vs. formula fed babies?
  • Thanks! The doctor was recommended by a bunch of parents from a local moms group, so I know people generally like her.
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    BFP on July 22, 2016 (12 DPO)
    EDD April 2, 2017

    Gave birth to baby girl M on April 3, 2017

  • HappyAnjelHappyAnjel
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    edited March 2017
    My main concerns when we looked for DD were

    1. Lactation consultant available- but not forced.

    2. Knowledge and competence (you can usually look up their education, merits and history) 

    3. Ease. Do they have an after hours number? Is it easy to get an appointment same day if necessary?

    4. Legal history.  past & pending lawsuits etc.

    5. Vibe. Are they friendly, genuine and easy to talk to?

    6. How "script happy" are they? I wanted a Dr who was willing to look into problems and solutions before just shoving medicine down their throat to see if it works. But also not opposed to giving meds if really needed.

    7. Vaccinations. The basic timeline.. are they willing to spread them out if you are uncomfortable with multiple shots in an appointment? Are they pushy about​ optional shots?

    Also I checked ALL the reviews I could find. If you check one or two you might be missing something.. reading 20 reviews that say wait time is minimal will weed out the one that thinks waiting 5 minutes to be seen about a hangnail was "all day". 
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  • I asked a lot of the questions others are mentioning above. In addition I asked about  circumcision, baby led weaning, and how to contact them if I had a question or (more importantly) a minor emergency (like illness). My OB suggested finding a place that was close to our house, so location might me something to consider as well. 
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  • I thought of something else too. Think about the type of relationship that you want with the pediatrician. Do you just want somewhere where you get always get in fast? Where maybe you will see a nurse practitioner but they have a huge staff, lots of doctors, and so from an admin perspective, it's easy to get in or ask a question. Or do you desire having a really close relationship with the pediatrician, someone to whom you will go for medical and behavioral advice? This might be a smaller practice where there aren't as many resources or staff but you will get more one on one care. 
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  • Fee and timeline for forms (daycare, camps, school, etc all require various medical forms filled out by the dr's office).
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  • Having kids now, my biggest look-fors are if I am comfortable with the Dr (or Drs if it is a bigger practice) and availability. Our practice has multiple pedis in it, so children can easily been seen when they are sick (typically same day as you call). They also offer Saturday hours for illness and vaccinations. Additionally, there is a triage nurse line for questions or after hours problems. We have our pediatrician, but have also seen a number of others in the practice and they are all awesome. The practice even offers an in-house lab for blood work, which has been wonderful. 

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  • I asked my pediatrician the majority of these questions as well.  The only one I didn't see on here applies to male intact baby care.  This was the ONLY answer I wasn't happy with as she said that as soon as he can take a bath, he should be retracted slightly for cleaning.  I made it very clear when she came to see us in the hospital that absolutely no retraction is allowed and she was okay with my decision. 
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