New parents, congratulations on the soon-to-be newest addition to your family. It’s crucial to keep your baby healthy in the beginning stages of his or her development, and a pediatrician can definitely help you maintain that. It’s smarter to plan ahead and start looking for your child’s pediatrician while you’re still pregnant. It takes some time and research to find a pediatrician that you like and respect. You also want to do it while you’re pregnant because you’ll have your hands full enough after the baby is born. The benefits of committing to a pediatrician early help both parents and children. It’s important that doctors regularly see their pediatrician to get vital health tests before they turn 2. If a child continues to visit the same pediatric doctor at least through the first few years of their life, it’s easier to stay up to date and build a relationship.
Here are some tips on when and where to start looking for your baby’s doctor.
When Should You Start Looking?
We recommend that parents begin their search for a pediatrician around 28 and 34 weeks into their pregnancy. At this point you may have a clearer idea of what you’re looking for in a pediatrician and will have at least a few weeks to do some research to find some that you’d like to have a consultation with. The process may seem tiresome, but remember that you’re not looking for perfection, you’re looking for a personal connection, as well as best care and treatment for your child.
An easy way to start the research process for a pediatrician is by asking other parents who’s opinion you value and trust. Friends and family are likely to know more about your preferences, your style, and your needs. Your obstetrician can also be a great source for referrals. Your OB likely knows a few local pediatricians that he or she respects and trusts within the medical community.
Once you have a list of several pediatricians and you’ve done your homework on their practice, it’s time to meet the pediatricians you’re considering. You can call their offices and set up appointments for a personal interview with each of them in the third trimester of your pregnancy. You can even ask the office staff about some general preliminary questions about the office and practice before meeting with the pediatrician. Some questions you may want to ask are:
- Is the doctor/ practice accepting new patients?
- What insurance or managed care plans are accepted?
- What are your office hours?
- What are your billing procedures?
- Is payment due same day?
Becoming a new parent is an exciting, albeit scary adventure. If you want specialized care for your child through their development, find a skilled and notable pediatrician. We can give you and your children the expert care and attention you need at Children’s Health Care. We’ll help you navigate your child’s various health care needs. We specialize in assisting with the transition from infant care to toddler care with our full circle-of-care model. Call today to set up a consultation by contacting the Children’s Health Care of Massachusetts. CHC looks forward to partnering with you to help your child achieve the healthiest childhood possible.