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Okay, I'm still ttc, but I'm already thinking about this. How do I go about finding a good pediatrician? None of my friends have kids, except for one who lives in another state, so I can't ask around. I looked at the list of ones my insurance covers as a starting point, but I still don't want to pick randomly off of a list! Any help on the subject would be appreciated.
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When I was pregnant and started looking for a pediatrician, I was new to the area so I had no one to ask either. I used the insurance list as a starting point, and more or less started to Google the doctors. There are websites that rate doctors. Once you narrow it down to a couple of pediatricians, you can interview the pediatricians.
I actually wasn't able to get the pediatrician that I had in mind b/c he happened to be on vacation when I had my little one. I ended up going with another pediatrician in the same practice who I absolutely adore.
I didn't have any friends around here to ask either so I asked my OB whose she though was good and I also asked who they used at the hospital where I delivered. I ended up using the same one the Labor unit uses and I love her.
With my first I asked my OB and started using the one that they recommended. After having some problems with them ie them telling me it was my fault my daughter had an ear infection I found a new one. By that time I had made some friends and asked around. I called the offices of the ones that people suggested and made an appointment. I like recommendations but have learned that it doesn't always pan out . Good luck I hope you find one that is great.
I always start with the insurance list. Then I go to location (because I'm in a large metro area). Then I go to office size (because the bigger they are, the less friendly/personable they seem to be), then I google websites & ratings. Specifically on websites, I'm looking for two things - (1) age, because I want someone old enough to have a clue but young enough to have fresh knowledge (from med school and their own children) since the medical field is constantly learning and a parent understands parents better than a non-parent and (2) someone who shares my beliefs. I'm both AP and TP in my parenting style, so I want to find someone who is flexible like I am. Someone who is ultra AP or TP won't work.