This is the newest subject around these parts, and I am going to come and ask for everyone's professional opinion. Professional, meaning "moms who know".
So I need to find a Pedi. I live in a totally different part of the state from when my boys where babies, and in a larger city. I had the most wonderful Pedi for them, he was really a family doctor and was very pro nursing and co-sleeping/APing, and he had no problems with not doing immunizations (I was never badgered or made to feel like a bad mom when going to appointments). The best part was I just "found" him on accident. He was a new doctor and my 20 year old DS's Pedi was retiring so I went to the "new" doctor in town. He ended up being fabulous. He also is no longer practicing with children and has narrowed his clientele down to the elderly.
This gives me even more anxiety about finding a new Pedi, because I am nervous I won't find anyone to fill his shoes. I have been compiling a list of things I want to ask when I do the interview, but I would also like to open this up to new moms looking for a Pedi, or moms that have moved, etc. I believe a good Pedi, that is open to our "crunchy" ways, is key for a good doctor - client relationship, which in turn will make parents more trusting when something major happens.
Questions to ask;
1. How long have you been a doctor?
2. Are you a pediatric generalist, or do you have a subspecialty?
3. What is your philosophy on
4. What is your policy on the use of antibiotics?
5. How are emergency calls handled by your office?
So, from here, I would like to know what else I should be asking, or looking for. What are some key questions that I might be missing?
Also, are any other mamas looking for a Pedi as well, and what are you doing about interviews?