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 October 02, 2016

Sources

SOURCES:

Alex Folkl, MD, McMaster University family medicine residency, Hamilton, Ontario.

Beth Nelsen, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, associate pediatric residency program director, SUNY Upstate Medical University and Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital, Syracuse, N.Y.

Healthy Children.org: "Finding a Pediatrician."

Healthy Children.org: "How to Choose a Pediatrician."

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