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This is my first time and no one's ever told me how to go about picking a pediatrition. Hopefully someone here can help me with some questions..<br><br>
I am 37.5 weeks along- meaning he can come at anytime from now to 5 weeks from now.<br><br>
When should I start? Now or after he is born?<br>
Questions to ask (about vaxing, pro-breastfeeding... etc)?<br>
Do I interview them like I would an OB or Midwife?<br><br>
Any other concerns or questions I should keep in mind?<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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It's good to have one now. We found this out the hard way. We transferred to the hospital after planning a UC. The NICU doctors got their hands on our baby, and we couldn't get them to release him for 5 days (we would have had to interview with CPS and all kind of legal nonsense). If we would have had our own pediatrician, we could have had him or her come and release our baby. As it was, it was the weekend before we discovered we could do that, and we had to just deal with the NICU. Our baby was 6 lbs 11 oz at 37.5 weeks - he was perfectly healthy - there had been mec in the water, so they wanted to hold him for "observation" and pump him full of antibiotics. Our friends recently had a baby at 36 weeks - only 5 lbs 2 oz - they had their own pedi. and got to take their baby home the next day without ever seeing the NICU. I would look for one now and interview just like you would any other caregiver. HTH
 

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I'd pick one now.<br><br>
Just like finding a doctor for yourself, you want to make sure they'll be a good fit. So ask about ANYTHING that is important to you. Just scanning the forum titles here at mdc is one way to start a list...(co-sleeping? breastfeeding? acceptance of delayed or non vax? their comfort level with alternative health options like herbal or homeopathic treatments? etc)<br><br>
But also get specific when you meet with them (the first meeting should be free and last anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour). If they say they support breastfeeding ask them to recommend a local LC or breastfeeding group, ask when or why they would suggest introducing solids, ask them about allergens that can pass through mama's milk and how they would address that possibility, ask what they would suggest if you had supply issues, etc. Ask about their own children if they have any...did they nurse? For how long? Do they co-sleep? For how long?<br><br>
Specific things like that to see if they really have the info you might want.<br><br>
You'll also want to know what insurance they take, how far away they are, how long you'll wait in the office on average (ask their support staff), which hospitals they can practice at, what their hours are, how they handle after hour questions, whether you'll see them or a nurse for most visits, if you do an innoculation "who" does it (them? a nurse?), etc.<br><br>
See if you like the office itself...are the support staff cheerful? Friendly? Are there toys and books that meet your parenting philosophy? What do the exam rooms look like? ARe things tailored to a child's perspective? (smaller chairs in the waiting room, fun posters or games in the exam rooms, exam equipment that has been "decorated" to make it less threatening or more amusing for the little one being examined).<br><br>
I know it's a lot, but a ped who is a good fit for your family is a true blessing...you may never need them but if you do then it's worth every minute you spent finding them. Ask at local LLL meetings or AP support group meetings. You could also ask a midwife or doula or other person plugged into the natural birth community to suggest a few peds who might match your needs.<br><br>
Good luck! I have to say we looooooove our family practice (we all see the same two doctors) and they are so excited to meet our next babe as well... they really are amazing!
 

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A family practice is really nice - our doctor will see one of us, and then if the rest of us get sick, he'll prescribe us all medicine. It makes life much simpler.
 

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Call your hospital peds ward an ask for a referral. The peds nurses will recommend who they like best. That is how I got the one I have now.<br><br>
I tried the interview and the dude was basically a liar. Said he was breastfeeding friendly in the interview Then in the hospital told me to supp with formula if she didn't pee every couple hours. I asked him if I could pump and he said that there was nothing wrong with formula. Interesting side note his practice fired him for "differences in philosophy" when DD was a year old. She hated him, screamed if he came into the room. We dropped him when she was 2 months to keep DH from punching him.
 

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I swear I just read this thread as "how to KICK a pediatrician". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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my favorite question is 'If I bring my 1.5 yr old in, and all she will eat is hot dogs, and I was concerned, what would you say?' I got the craziest answers, but it really showed how much they were concerned about nutrition. Some dr's said they would advise to stop completely, another dr said that as long as the kid was eating 3 meals a day, all hot dogs, it was ok. what?
 

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I found that it's really hard to pick a pediatrician before the baby is bron because there are just certain things that you cannot judge until you see the ped. interacting with your baby.<br><br>
Our first was born in hospital and we were visited by the hospital based pedi, who was great. We weren't able to visit the pediatrician that we picked out before the birth, so we didn't meet her until after the baby was born. She was pretty pushy about vaccines, and forced us into the first set. After that, we decided to look for another doctor, the next doctor we found, who was very flexible about vaccines, tried to retract his foreskin! Our first doc was very good about leaving his penis alone, but the new ped. insisted that we must retract his foreskin a bit at every change or else he would develop phimosis(wrong!!!). Plus she had a very LOUD personality, not our type at all, and DS didn't really like it either. So after that 3rd visit to a pediatrician at 4 months, our son didn't see another doctor until about 18 months I think. He was fine and perfectly healthy.<br><br>
With our second son, we visited the 1st ped for our son's first visit, since we knew that she wouldn't push vaccines on a 1 week old, then we set up an appointment at 2 months or so with a new pediatrician wo is anti-circ and no-vax. She isn't our favorite person, but she is a good diagnostician, board certified and has a relationship with our Childrens Hospital, so it works out just fine. Both my boys see her now and we will bring the next one to her as well.
 

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Here is a link to a thread here on MDC that has some good ideas for interviewing a pediatrician.<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=578329&highlight=interviewing+a+pediatrician" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...a+pediatrician</a><br><br>
Have fun and good luck!
 
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