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When looking for a pediatrician to care for your baby, you'll want to give yourself plenty of time to find someone both you and your partner feel comfortable with. So it's a good idea to begin choosing a pediatrician at the beginning of your third trimester. Ask your OB and trusted family and friends for recommendations. These questions can help you choose the right pediatrician for you.

  • Does this doctor have a good reputation?
  • What is this doctor's training and experience?
  • Does the pediatrician respect my philosophy on breastfeeding and immunizations?
  • Does the doctor listen to me and explain things clearly?
  • Will my child see the same doctor every time?
  •  Who covers for the pediatrician when he or she is not available?
  • Is my spouse or partner comfortable with this doctor?
  • Is the office staff pleasant and helpful?
  • Is the office location convenient?
  • How long does it take to get an appointment?
  • How long will my child and I spend in the waiting room?
  • Does the pediatrician offer evening and weekend hours? Who sees my child during these hours?
  • How are emergencies and after-hour calls handled?
  • What hospital is the pediatrician affiliated with?
  • Does my insurance cover this doctor's services?

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Reviewed by Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH on July 31, 2014

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