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January 18th, 2013, 10:16 AM
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So how does this work?

I know I need to have a Ped set up before I deliver. Then apparently they come to the hospital when she's born to do their check, but when is the babies first appointment with the Ped? Is it within a few weeks after birth?

Also, I am going to call around but what kind of information do I need to give them? She's not on my insurance yet (obviously) and doesn't have a SSN or anything ...

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January 18th, 2013, 10:26 AM
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Grace had appointments at 1 week and 2 weeks to check her weight. Some places just do a check at 2 weeks...it depends on the doctor, and probably also on how much of their birth weight they lose and what their overall status was at discharge (weight, bilirubin levels, etc).

You definitely need to make sure that whichever pediatrician you choose accepts your insurance (if you're planning to add her to your insurance). There are a lot of peds that are closer to home than the one we chose, but many of them did not accept our old insurance, for whatever reason, so we had to go with one farther away (closer to my work).

When calling around, I'd just say that I was expecting a baby due in April...ask if they were accepting new patients and if they accept your insurance...and ask whatever other questions you have. I never met with any of the peds beforehand, but I know some people like to do that, so if you wanted to, you could try to set that up. And from there, I'm sure they could tell you what other info they needed from you. They might send you a packet of paperwork to fill out, or something like that.
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January 18th, 2013, 10:35 AM
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If you are going to delay or not vaccinate you need to make sure they will be ok with it, some peds won't accept that. Other than that what Kimberley said. I think the first 30 days of baby's life baby can go anywhere regardless of insurance, so if you want to ped hop that might be the time.
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January 18th, 2013, 10:45 AM
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^ Good point about the vaccines. Also, we did switch peds after the 2 week visit. The first two visits were with the ped that the hospital assigned us (because we hadn't picked one yet). The rest of her visits after that were with the one we picked.
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January 18th, 2013, 11:36 AM
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We have appts set up in March to meet with a few peds. LO won't actually go to a ped for awhile unless something is wrong because my midwife comes to our house for the first 6 weeks postpartum to check on me and baby.
We plan to discuss vaccine schedules and how comfortable the ped is with uncircumcised babies since we aren't circumcising LO and I don't want a ped who will push for it or attempt to retract when it's unnecessary.
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January 18th, 2013, 11:45 AM
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I did nothing in advance. The nurse admitting me for my induction asked who we wanted, and they notified the dr, and he came to see the baby in the hospital. When I got home, I called to schedule her checkup (2 weeks I think). They asked me a few basic questions but said they got info from the hospital.

I had my own insurance (my employer covered employees only, no family), so the baby was going to be on DH's insurance. However, my insurance policy did cover the baby for the first 30 days I think. You'll have to check your specific policy & which drs accept it.
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January 18th, 2013, 12:30 PM
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It really depends on the doctor how many appointments you'll have. Many that I've seen like to do a 1-week and 2-week check. Most of mine have waived the 1-week check since I'm now an "experienced" mom. Last time, the hospital wouldn't release us unless we scheduled a 2-day check at the doctor. That MAY have been because I like to get out of the hospital as quick as possible she was born on the 17th at 2:40 in the morning, and we left on the 18th in the late afternoon. They really wanted to keep us till the 19th. It also might have been because our doctor was an hour away from the hospital (but only 15 minutes away from us).
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January 18th, 2013, 12:35 PM
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I think it depends on the doctor. I think that we went in at 1 week and at 2 weeks. We didn't find our pediatrician until about a month before my daughter was born. We found him by talking to another couple at our hospital tour and we decided to set up a meeting with him.

If you don't have one before the baby is born, the hospital pediatrician will come visit you and your baby after you deliver. We liked the hospital pediatrician quite a bit too and we considered switching to her but the one we had already chosen was closer and in a smaller office (which we liked).
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January 18th, 2013, 12:41 PM
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I have to ask w my insurance I think once I see the dr if I have one I like in can req before birth so long as they are taking new. Is there a number you can call insurance and ask about adding before the birth I would think if u know who you want there won't be a problem getting it set up before the birth just you may have to call your insurance
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January 18th, 2013, 12:41 PM
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Thanks ladies - this was super helpful!
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