Growing up, I saw a family practicioner. I thought it was common. I'm in my late twenties, not particularly old. So when my daughter was born and the hospital wanted to know who my baby's doctor would be, I put in the family doctor. Except for one excursion to a pediatrician for a more severe issue, that's who we have been seeing for four months and I'm quite happy. I'm grateful for the pediatrician's help in the one instance, but I also felt the atmosphere overly paranoid--"fear mongering", if you will. The family practice doctor is professional, but also rather relaxed, giving more "homey" advice than prescriptions. I felt more comfortable there.
But I'm gathering that more people take their babies to pediatricians.