We had our first "meet and greet" with a pediatrician today and I thought I'd post some of our questions in case anyone else is also searching for a pediatrician. I'd recommend beginning to ask for recommendations for a pediatrician around your second trimester and meeting with potential doctors in your third trimester. I think that's a pretty typical, by-the-book strategy. (Thanks to Momma Val for reminding us to start the process sooner rather than later!)
We were mostly curious about office procedures and the doctor's philosophy.
How quick are you to prescribe medicine? Do you automatically give antibiotics for ear infections?
How comfortable do you feel giving nutritional advice for vegetarian kids? For vegan kids?
What is your position on circumcision? Do you advise retracting the foreskin to clean?
How long would you recommend breastfeeding? Do you advocate feeding from one side or both per feeding? What kind of help is available for those who have difficulty breastfeeding?
How do you feel about alternative therapies?
And then the more office procedure questions:
How much time is allotted for visits?
How long is the typical wait? How much of it is spent in the waiting room?
How far in advance are you booked for well-child visits?
Who answers patient calls during the day? Emergency calls at night? Do you charge for phone advice?