Our whole family is in the market for a doctor--I haven't had a PCP in years because I've been going to student health, hubby's PCP changed practices, and of course the new addition will need one! I'd like to find a family practice doc who can see all three of us, and so I've asked around a bit for recommendations.
I called the office of one I'm interested in seeing and found out that she doesn't do informational interviews, so I would have to do an establishing-care appointment and then change practices if I really didn't like her or agree with her philosophies. Is this unusual for family practice doctors? Everyone seems to say that pediatricians will always sit down and meet with you first but I don't know if this holds for family practice docs.
Also, though we'll be able to take the baby to her from the time we get her home from the hospital, this doc doesn't do hospital visits and so our baby would be discharged by the pediatrician at the hospital. Is this really a big deal? Will the hospital pediatrician make our lives suck if we've refused a couple of their interventions (I don't want the eye goop or the Hep B shot, and haven't decided on vitamin K yet)? It seems to be this huge thing that you HAVE to have a pediatrician before the baby is born so they can examine baby in the hospital, but is that really true?