As a new parent, choosing a Pediatrician can be a difficult choice. After all, this person will be a part of your life for 18 years. We always encourage parents to do their research and ask questions.
To begin your search, get referrals from your obstetrician/gynecologist or nurse-midwife, other parents in the neighborhood, the public affairs department at the nearest hospital, a pediatric floor nurse at a local hospital or medical center, or by checking the pediatrician referral database at the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Once you have a few recommendations, check these doctor’s credentials and their reputation.
Information to Find Out:
- Is the pediatrician certified by the American Board of Pediatrics (AAP)? This means the doctor passed a specialized exam in pediatrics.
- Is the pediatrician a member of the AAP? This means they have met established standards for providing child healthcare.
- If you choose a family physician, are they certified by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM)? Family doctors are trained to care for patients of all ages, including children, but they do not have specialized training in pediatrics.
When you have narrowed your choices down to two or three doctors, you are ready to get specific questions answered. Set up Interviews with the office, because face-to-face meetings will give you the opportunity to get to know the doctor and their staff, ask about office policies, and get to know everyone. Again, this is a long partnership, so you need to feel comfortable with the doctors and their staff.