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Will you be meeting with your pediatrician before the baby is born? I just called my pediatrican's office that I want to use (have a few friends that use him and love him) and they asked me if my husband and I want to come in and meet with him (consultation prenatal) before the baby arrives.
I was wandering what all you ladies are doing or what you did in the past?
I know my ob/gyn strongly recommended it when trying to pick a pediatrician. Even the one that he uses for his children, he told us that it wouldn't hurt. That most of the time they are more than happy to meet with you.
I didn't go in person to meet with them, but I did speak to her on the phone and she answered all the questions that I had.
I'm not meeting with the pediatrician... because there is only one here in town, and I'm going to go with her becuase I don't feel the need to travel elsewhere. Aside from that I work at the hospital and know her pretty well!!
I selected the group when DD was born because a relative was a pediatrician there. He was my doctor as a kid. He has since retired, but there is a woman doctor in the group that I just love (I actually like most of the women in the group). So, this one will be going to the same office as my other two kids.
I am so happy that it is one less thing that I have to worry about.
We won't be having a ped. They must do so many things different over here!!
Babies and children are cared for for routine things like weigh ins, immunisations, development etc by a local child and maternal health nurse (almost like a midwife but for kids who are born instead of in the womb) then you just go to a regular gp if theres any other problems. It tends to only be kids who have ongoing medical conditions who see pediatricians - in fact I think you need a referral from a gp to even get an appointment (not sure though)
The group I want to use is different from my husband and my doctors. So we are meeting with them next week. I will be bringing as many questions as I can. I don't know these doctors so I want to get a feel for the office and what they are like before we make a definite decision. That way I can check out other places if I want, before the baby comes.
Even though I knew the pediatrician that I wanted to use for Dane since my sisters had gone there, I went ahead and did a prenatal visit with her. I think anywhere you would go it would be free (it was with ours.) It's a good idea to go just so you can see how the office is and what the doctor is like. They may also have some papers to give you for the hospital or they can tell you general things about what will be done at the hospital and what to expect with the first well-child visits.