There was a time when the doctor who delivered a baby became the baby’s doctor automatically. Of course, that was long, long ago. Today, medicine has become highly specialized. One doctor, called an obstetrician, will care for the mother during pregnancy and deliver the baby, but when the baby is born, the parents must have chosen a pediatrician to care for the infant.
I suppose you could, but it doesn’t seem like a very wise idea to simply choose a pediatrician out of the yellow pages of your local telephone directory. You really want to be certain that the pediatrician’s ideas of child care are compatible with your own philosophy. It’s also important that the parents are comfortable with the pediatrician and can communicate with him or her freely.
Talk to your friends and relatives. Find out what pediatrician they use for their children. Most pediatricians will meet with the parents-to-be
before the birth of the baby. As a matter of fact, you can schedule meetings with several pediatricians in your area and choose from among those that you visit.
You can check the credentials of a pediatrician online. There are sites where, for a fee, you can plug in the name of a pediatrician and find out where he/she went to school and how well he/she did in school, as well as, other information pertinent to your making the decision of whether to choose him or her as your child’s pediatrician.
You need to find a pediatrician that you are comfortable with and one with whom you feel that you can communicate with. It is also very important that the pediatrician that you choose has a philosophy of child care that closely resembles your own. You’ll see a lot of your child’s pediatrician over the years, so it’s really important that you actually like him or her and trust their judgment.