Going to an LLL meeting is a great start. You'll probably find some crunchy folks there too.
I got recommendations from people at LLL and other local crunchy groups. My problem was that when my first son was born early, I called up the ped to let them know he was born (I'd already talked to them earlier in pregnancy to say "Hey, I plan to use you."), and the ped herself answered. She said she was moving to FRANCE the next week!!! Another ped was taking over her practice and all her patients. Of course, this ped I had picked out was incredibly knowledgeable about breastfeeding, anti-vaccine, pro-natural stuff. She's even written articles for a popular baby carrier as their "consulting pediatrician".
I interviewed the ped that was taking over, and she was "ok". I needed someone quick, since DS would need lots of visits (for weight checks and anything that might come up), so I gave her a try. Ended up sticking with her for only a short time. She was not horrible, but some stuff I was a bit "eh" about, and her waiting room was horrible. WAY overbooked. And I didn't need my preemie son sitting in a waiting room of sick people (they had separate rooms for sick kids, but of course the packed well kid area always had coughing people
. I switched to a ped that a friend of mine was using, and that friend was doing what I do with regards to vaccinations... going slow, not doing certain ones, and just getting the required ones by school age (and not doing preschool, so we had plenty of time). Well, I liked that ped for a long time. She was great. Then the AAP memo about pressuring parents to vaccinate came out, and she started putting more pressure on me and even lied to me. So I switched to another ped that's much closer to me and will let you not vax at all. Problem with him though was that a) he's WAY overbooked like my first ped (same city - apparently we don't have very many peds here!), and b) I had some question about his competency in general.
So I recently switched the kids to the GP that I've been seeing for years. She's great with kids, and I've always loved her. The only reason I didn't take my kids to her initially was because it's a 40 minute drive. But now I am ok with that, plus my mom lives close to there, so she can watch the kids that don't need to go to the doctor, and I won't have to take all 3 to the doctor everytime! Taking 2 at a time wasn't so bad (my kids are pretty good), but it's so much easier to just take one!
Anyway, all that said... look at peds, GP/FPs, CNPs if your insurance covers them (mine doesn't), DOs, NDs... Don't think that you *have* to have a ped specifically.
Also, if you're birthing in a hospital, usually your ped will do the newborn check, but if they don't have hospital privileges, the hospital will assign someone to do that for you, so it's not TOO big a deal, except if you're wanting to refuse eye goop and such, it'd be easier if you've already discussed that with your ped who is doing the newborn check. You can still refuse regardless, but it's easier if you and the ped are on the same page.
My first son is the only one born in hospital (and he got his newborn check by the NICU neonatologists, so it wasn't really an issue for me), but the others are out-of-hospital and don't need to see a doctor right away. My midwife will check everything and keep checking baby up to 6 weeks, do the PKU, etc.