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What are some important questions to ask when interviewing a pediatrician?

I am due in 4 weeks and I am looking for a pediatrician. I don’t want to forget something important.

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4 Responses to “What are some important questions to ask when interviewing a pediatrician?”

  1. Christina said:

    How long have you been practicing?

    Ask about vaccines and autism to see what he/she thinks.

    What are your hours?

    How do you handle emergency calls on weekends or after hours?

    You can always ask why they decided to become a doctor.

    Tell them if you plan on breastfeeding or bottle feeding. See what their response is. If they frown upon one way or the other, then you know your pediatrician isn’t right for you. The doctor should support you either way.

    How easy can you get in for an appt like if your baby had a rash, cold, etc.?

    And do they have a sick waiting room? At my pediatrician’s office they have a section separated by glass that is for sick patients. To me, that is important.

    Good luck and congrats!

  2. Pippin said:

    1.Do you have separate waiting rooms for sick and well visits?
    2. Do you have set times for phone calls, or can we call any time with questions?
    3. (If it’s important to you): Are you comfortable with an alternative vax schedule?
    4. (If you will be breastfeeding): Under what circumstances would you recommend supplementing or weaning? [Dont’ ask if he supports BFing … ALL doctors will say that they do.] Also ask about on-staff/on-call lactation consultants.

  3. ashley_no_l said:

    I never did an interview with my ped because she was a family member of my mother’s boss. I found this website though of questions to ask….

    http://parenting.ivillage.com/pregnancy/phealthcare/0,,42rt,00.html

  4. maxtonamvl said:

    When they normally schedule vacation, who takes over at those times?

    If its a female or a male, if they are going to have more children themselves, if so how much time are they planning to take off? (my ped had a baby and took of 6 months).

    When is the first time you would want to see the baby? 4 days, 7 days, or 2 weeks?

    If I need a same day appt will I be able to get it?

    How long does it take to get an appt, if you live in a big city, there is often a longer wait time.
    Do they have an answering service?
    IF so what are the response times, if they are unavailable who will call back?

    Ask them how they feel about anything you feel strongly about, for example, co-sleeping, long term breast feeding, potty training, scheduling the baby, travel with the baby, when to start solids, making your own baby food, and well anything.

    My daughter ended up co-sleeping, and my pedritrian hated it, so it was a conflict, but she was really supportive when I decided to keep breast feeding until my daughter was 18 months old, and even pulled my boyfriend aside and explained to him all the benefits.

    I don’t think I left anything out, good luck!




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