Q. I’m just recently pregnant. When and how do I select a pediatrician for my baby?
A. The first appointment for a newborn baby occurs during the first few days of life after coming home from the hospital. If you start your search during your last trimester, you should have enough time to identify the pediatric provider that is best for you and your new bundle of joy. There are multiple factors to consider when selecting your baby’s first primary care provider. They include bedside manner, experience, location, office hours, availability, and if they accept your health insurance. It is also crucial to gauge a practice’s office staff. Once you have some candidates, do your due diligence to ensure the provider is properly credentialed. Choosing a pediatrician is one of the most impactful choices you can make in your child’s life. It is best to make an informed decision.
Agboola Fatiregun, M.D., F.A.A.P. \ MacArthur Medical Center, PLLC - Pediatrics \ www.macarthurmc.com