It is a miraculous event when a baby is born into the world. It’s no less astounding when the second or third baby arrives, but the miracle is particularly palpable with the first. Your first baby takes its first breath and in one fell swoop, a family is born. What comes next is completely up to mom and dad. One of the first orders of business should be to secure a pediatrician and schedule a new family consultation.
Pediatric care is crucial to the growth, health, and well-being of your newborn – but it is also essential that parents connect with their baby’s health care provider. This is why a new family consultation is so important. Children’s Health Care provides new families with the opportunity to meet our competent, attentive staff and to build a relationship with one of our board-certified pediatric physicians.
Communication between the doctor and parents is extremely important. If parents are uncomfortable speaking to the physician, then asking questions about how to care for the baby or relaying important information concerning their child’s health may go unspoken. Communication is crucially important, especially during the first year, when everything about the baby’s growth and development is recorded to identify health concerns and issues related to his or her development.
The initial new family consultation may even take place prior to the birth of the baby. In the months prior to their baby’s birth, parents may meet and choose the baby’s pediatrician. This allows parents to list the physician with the hospital as their baby’s pediatrician. If the pediatrician has hospital privileges, then doing this can be cost-effective. Otherwise, the hospital’s on-call pediatrician will examine the baby. There is no guarantee that a hospital-assigned doctor is within your health insurance company’s network, which could prove costly to your family. Additionally, if the on-call doctor happens to be a specialist, a neonatologist for instance, then your insurance company may not agree to compensate him or her for an examination of a healthy baby.
Whether or not the new family consultation takes place before or after the birth of your baby, there are inquiries and information that should be discussed with the doctor during the initial consultation.
It is a good idea to learn if the pediatrician accepts your insurance before making an on-site appointment.
Parents have every right to learn something of the doctor’s background such as:
- Does he or she have a specialty?
- How long have they been practicing medicine?
- How long have they been in private practice and are they a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)?
- In the event that the doctor is out of the office when your baby needs them, how many doctors are supported by the practice and does the practice also have a nurse on staff?
A newborn brings on all sorts of new challenges. Breastfeeding, sleeping through the night, pediatric nutrition, and frightening health issues like sudden infant death syndrome, are a handful of topics that you may wish to discuss during the new family consultation.
Write out your questions before arriving at the doctor’s office, so you won’t forget the questions you want to answer the most.
We’d love to welcome your new family to Children’s Health Care. We’ll help you navigate your child’s various health care needs. We specialize in assisting with the transition from prenatal care to caring for your infant with our full circle-of-care model. Call today to set up a new family consultation and your newborn’s well-baby visits.