Choosing the right pediatrician for my son was really important to my husband and I. Of course you can always switch, but I wanted to be off to a good start from birth and hopefully choose someone I was comfortable with until he is 18 (or 21).
Below is a list of what we were looking for in a pedicatrican. My husband and I ultimately “interviewed” 4 pediatricians, a list we narrowed down from maybe 10-12, based off of recommendations. One of the major reasons we choose his pediatrician is because I really enjoyed our initial discussion in her office and the time she spent getting to know about me, my pregnancy, family history and plans for the baby after he was born (such as immunizations, breast/bottle/formula fed). She gave me her advice, but she never made me feel judged by my choices.
In no particular order:
-Flexible office hours, evening and weekend
-Hours of doctor availability after the office is closed
-Sick and well separate rooms
-Short wait time before being seen
-Doctor’s bed side manner, ability to get to know mommy and baby
-Doctor not swaying us toward type of milk (breast, formula, both) to give baby from birth, supports our choice
-Treats questions with seriousness and doesn’t make you feel like any are stupid
-Proximity to our house
-Recommendations and reviews
-Number of doctors and physical assistants on staff
-Number of rooms
-Cleanliness of office
-Length of time in business
So far we are happy with our choice. In speaking with my friends more recently I learned one in particular can text with her pediatrician– I love this and will be asking my son’s doctor office about it!