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Interviewing Doctors And Pediatricians

Interviewing Doctors And Pediatricians

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As soon as you find out that you're pregnant, you need to start thinking about your prenatal care and your infant's care after birth. Maybe you already have a family doctor that you know and trust, or maybe you are looking for an obstetrician, who specializes in pregnancy and delivery. Choosing a doctor and pediatrician is not something to be taken lightly, so do some research and think about what you want out of the relationship before you make your decision.

One of the best ways to find a good physician is by word of mouth. Ask family and friends who they would or wouldn't recommend, and make a list of potential doctors. You should begin interviewing physicians in the beginning of your third trimester. Be aware that you may be charged a fee for these 15 minute visits, or they might be covered by your health insurance plan. If you feel rushed or brushed off at any point of the interview that is a good sign the physician is not the right choice for you and your child.

You should have a detailed list of questions to ask your doctor or pediatrician during this short interview. Here are some sample interview questions, but remember that every experience is different so make sure you think about the questions that are important to you.

Will you be the doctor who delivers my baby/sees my child or do you have a rotating team?
How long will it take to get in for an appointment, and what if I have an emergency?
Are you a member of my health care plan, and do they give you financial incentives?
Where did you receive your medical education?
If my child needs to be admitted to the hospital, which one will it be?

These are just basic questions you'll also want to know your physician's personal style. You want a physician who is compatible with your beliefs, or who will respect your choices regardless. Make sure you ask a physician the following:

What are your views on circumcision?
How do you feel about breastfeeding and vaccinations?

In addition, as your child gets older, it's always a good idea to get their input as to what he or she thinks about their doctor. Your child may feel differently about a pediatrician you've chosen, but is afraid to say anything. Respect your child's decision, and determine if it warrants a change in physicians.


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