Prior to becoming a parent, one of the important decisions you will need to make, is to choose a pediatrician. Upon first thought, you may think this is going to be an easy task, right? Thanks to the internet you can look up local pediatricians in our area and find quite a lengthy list of options to choose from. And if you ask on local Facebook moms groups for a pediatrician you’ll more than likely be given a long list of options as well. The problem though, is that not all pediatricians are the same with the same ways of doing things. Each one has a different personality and passion. They all have different views and ways of handling things like vaccinations, antibiotics, introducing foods, & growth. How far away from your home and/or work are they located? What is there approach on breastfeeding and formula feeding? Some practices provide a small staff of doctors which allows for more individualized care; while larger practices often provide more options for evening and weekend appointments.
In the same way it’s important to find a doctor or midwife during your pregnancy that aligns with what’s most important to you; it’s just as important to choose a pediatrician that aligns with how you plan to parent. There are many decisions as parents that you will have to make that not everyone is going to agree with, and THAT’S OKAY. Guess what, you will never please everyone….you just won’t. Do your research, talk to your partner and make decisions based off of your own convictions and beliefs. Then choose a pediatrician who respects you as a parents and most closely aligns with what you need and what’s important to you. We’ve created this list of questions to use in your quest for the perfect pediatrician.
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Helping you navigate through these choices, as you discover your parenting philosophy is something we love to do. As always, we are here to support you on this parenthood journey and if we can help don’t be afraid to ask.