Pregnancy is an exciting time, filled with anticipation, excitement, and much preparation. There is so much to consider when planning the arrival of your baby. One of the most important decisions you will make is choosing a pediatrician for your baby.
While every pediatrician is dedicated to helping new parents to raise healthy children, many pediatricians have different approaches and styles. There are several options available when choosing a pediatric provider for your baby. Some parents choose to see a family practitioner or nurse practitioner. This information is a guide to help you find the pediatric provider that best meets your family's needs and preferences.
For information on choosing a pediatric care provider, call our Care New England Access Center at (401) 227-3669.
Choose a pediatrician while you are still pregnant. Start looking for a pediatrician when you are between 24 and 32 weeks pregnant. Some women will deliver before their due date, and this gives you time to meet a few different pediatricians and choose the one best for you.
It is important that your obstetrician, midwife or caregiver knows the name of the pediatrician you have chosen. This information will be added to your prenatal record.
Set up a "get-acquainted" appointment with several pediatric providers to determine how comfortable you feel with each. Interview visits may not be covered by your insurance. Ask whether he/she charges for the visit, and, if so, what the fee is.
Information compiled from:
The American Academy of Pediatrics: You and Your Pediatrician
How to Find a First-Rate Pediatrician (Oct., 1998), Good Housekeeping.
How to Find the Perfect Pediatrician (Mar., 1998), Parenting.
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