Yesterday we shared our prenatal care questionnaire with helpful questions to ask of any health care providers you might be considering for your pregnancy and delivery.
Now it’s time to do some probing in the pediatrician’s office—don’t be caught at a loss for words! Greet your prospective doctor with a list of questions and weigh his answers as objectively as possible. You’ll be trusting this person with your baby’s health!
Experience and compatibility
(Since they’re preliminary, you may want to direct these questions to the office staff rather than to the doctor himself.)
1. How long has the doctor been in practice? How long has he practiced at this location?
2. What types of insurance are accepted, and how are claims and payments handled?
1. What are your office hours?
2. How can I get help/advice in an emergency, especially at night or on a weekend?
3. Will I see you for each visit, or will I see other doctors in the practice as well?
4. Do you see newborns in the hospital? If so, what hospital(s) are you affiliated with?
5. How often would you advise that I bring in my baby?
Views and theories
1. What are your views on breastfeeding versus bottle-feeding?
2. Do you recommend attachment parenting?
3. Where do you stand on immunizations?
4. How do you feel about medicating children versus using natural remedies?
5. In what circumstances do you refer patients to specialists?
What other questions are important to you?Consider them carefully and you'll be able to interview with confidence, knowing you're finding the right care for your baby needs.