Choosing a Pediatrician for your Baby

Choosing the right pediatrician for your baby is an important decision.
Here are some questions you should ask before you decide:

General Questions

Does the doctor accept your health insurance?
Is the doctor taking new patients?
Check with your state medical board to find out whether any doctor you're interested in has been disciplined for wrongdoing.
Which hospital does the doctor use?
Does the doctor have any sub specialty ?
Will the doctor see your baby in the hospital or will the first contact be an office visit?

Location and Time Table

Does the doctor have convenient location? (imagine driving at rush hour with a sick baby)
Was parking a problem?
What are the office hours?
How long does it take to get a non-emergency appointment with the doctor?

Office Atmosphere

Are the staff and nurses warm and helpful?
Is the office clean, warm, and inviting?
Do you feel comfortable with the doctor?
Are there separate well-baby and sick-baby waiting rooms?

Contact Method

What is the doctor's preferred method of contact?
Does the doctor accept and answer questions by e-mail?
How does the office handle telephone inquiries? Does it set aside specific times for parents to call in with questions or is there an open advice line during office hours?

After Hours Care or Doctor is not on Call

Is after-hours care available when your child is sick or when you have questions?
How do you reach the doctor if your child gets sick after hours?
When your doctor is not on call, who covers?


How much are office visits, immunizations, laboratory charges and other care costs?

Where Can I Get Names of Pediatrician to Consider?

Ask your obstetrician or midwife for recommendations.
Ask your experts — friends, relatives, neighbors, and co-workers with babies and kids.
You can get referrals to doctors from Hospitals and insurance companies.
The American Academy of Pediatrirc (AAP) offers a list of certified practitioners.


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