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    How to Choose a Pediatrician

    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?

    WebMD Medical Reference

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

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