One of the things, if not the first, that a parent prepares for before the arrival of their first child is a reliable, well-recommended pediatrician to care for your little one.
Being that I lived in one state and worked in another it made sense to deliver Sarah closer to my office as I was working well up until my due date. Therefore, I researched much and often to find a suitable pediatrician with similar beliefs to mine, who had a great reputation and quality bed side manner, as well as someone who was convenient to get to. Another factor in the beginning, was finding a pediatrician who was affiliated with the hospital I was planning to deliver at so I knew that the doctor checking Sarah from the top of her head to the tip of her toes was someone I approved and felt comfortable with.
The good news is that we chose right for what we needed when we started out and were thrilled with the care Sarah received.
I was happy with the pediatrician we choose initially. But, with the number of visits a parent makes with their child just during the first year alone, and then for sick visits on top of that, and spending way too much time getting to and from plus the added expense for parking garages, we decided to expand our search after Sarah's first few visits and vaccines to seek a new health care provider we could trust who was closer to where we lived.
When you choose a pediatrician you choose their office as well. The most essential part of any practice is the administrative staff who helps with your billing, scheduling of your appointments, etc. I will say this factor of the first pediatrician left much to be desired and; therefore, made it easy to leave.
I am thrilled to report that I have a pediatrician, and practice, I really like, who I have been going to for quite some time, who I recommend highly, and is close to my home, and has an incredible disposition with children, and especially my child.
The relationship with your pediatrician is an important one and should not be taken lightly. There are many questions we as parents will ask in the first year alone and you want to make sure you choose someone you feel comfortable with, and who your child is responsive to. Like any relationship, if some aspect of it is not working you should consider a switch if communication and care is not to your liking.
Choose your pediatrician carefully and wisely for your sake and for your child's care. Recommendations from other parents you know is certainly a good place to start your search for a quality health care professional.