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How to Pick a Pediatrician

What's Up Doc: How Did You Pick Your Pediatrician?

A good doctor really does make all the difference. Most mamas-to-be research and sign on with a pediatrician before delivery, but it's in the first few checkups that parents can tell if the relationship will work. A good bedside manner, the ability to engage a tot, or a kid-centric waiting room may add to a medical professional's appeal.

I went with my children's doctor on strong recommendations from family members and friends. Luckily, he had a rare opening at the time. While pregnant, my sister chose her son's pediatrician on his medical background (he graduated from Ivy League schools) and his personality. She figured the fact that he was a young father was also a bonus. What criteria did you go on?

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amandachalynn amandachalynn 6 years
How many same day care slots the office has, their after hours policy, and the front office people. The last thing I want to deal with is a snotty receptionist, especially because you usually talk to the receptionist more than you do the doctor. As for the actual doc, I need someone who doesn't dance around anything and is very cut and dried. I don't want to hear a lot of small talk or have the doc try and make me feel better about something. I also need a doctor who's open minded and doesn't try to force out parental instincts. My current ped is great, and I picked him randomly from the Kaiser website. I liked his eyes best.
runningesq runningesq 6 years
Recommendation from my co workers - and we absolutely love her !
knowmercy knowmercy 6 years
Initially I picked my son's pediatrician from a physician's directory from our local hospital. I tend to be more comfortable with a female doctor so that's what I chose. She ended up being the head of pediatrics and our hospital. It was nice to know we were seeing the "boss" but at the same time it was horrible because we could never get an appointment, or we'd wait hours in the waiting room. When my son turned 1 I got fed up and got recommendations from friends and then went and had a brief interview with a couple of the pediatricians. I settled on my current ped because she's affiliated with a couple larger hospitals in the area, the location of their office and her personality. I have been in the office for a couple of appointments and have never waited longer than 15 minutes. Plus, I was able to get a same day appointment when my son was sick - unheard of with the previous doctor!
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