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Have any FTMs started the search for a pediatrician? How are you going through the process? Friend recommendations? Online reviews? There is an overwhelming favorite office here, but I'm curious how others are doing in the process?
I'm having to go through the process again because of the move! It sucks!! Luckily, there was an overwhelming favorite ped in our new town as well, and they align with everything I want (delayed vax, pro-BF'ing, EBF, not pushing us out the door with meds right away)....they actually sound even BETTER than my current ped!
When I did the search the first time with Connor, we actually went to visit a couple of offices. I knew right away with the first office I visited that I did NOT want her as our ped! Before I could even ask questions, she was telling me how she fully believed in 100% vaccinations on schedule and how formula was needed to supplement, etc, etc...things that I definitely have strong opinions on!
For me it was important that they stay up to date on the latest advances and recommendations, that they believe in evidence based medicine and read some peer review literature regularly. I also look at where their degree is from. I listen to friend recommendations but also keep in mind who that friend is and how my priorities differ. Like in our old town, there were 2 main peds and one was old school but flexible and did whatever the parents wanted for vax or not, etc. The other required sticking to the vaccine schedule unless there was a medical reason not to and sometimes did not acquiesce to parents' wishes. Like one mom told me she switched from him bc he refused to give her school age son antibiotics at the first sign of an ear infection and wanted to wait and see if it cleared up on its own. Well, the current evidence and recommendations completely back that up and I am very against overuse of antibiotics, plus I am totally pro-vax. So I went with the latter guy and thought he was great.
When we moved, luckily my dad's best friend is a prominent local ped and he recommended someone who is a great doctor, and we have been very happy to use him!
When choosing a ped for my DD i talked to my family that are in the med field and work at the same hospital for their opinions. And they gave a few suggestions. And I talked to a friend and went with one ped that all three had recommended and I love her. Shes completely laid back and totally fits with my parenting style. But before DD was born I didnt pick on before then.
I haven't even started THINKING about this. I think a large part of it is because I don't know if we're sticking around the area or moving. The furthest I've gotten is "Hmm, I should call my insurance and figure out when I have to add Arthur to my policy." That's it. LOL
I was lucky with my doctor.. I found her almost 10 years ago, when I needed a Dr for my pregnancy.. She is a GP, very laid back. She use to work in a ski town in the mountains and had to ride on skis to work!
She understands my concerns, has never forced anything on me. We do not vax, we breast feed, cloth diaper, intact, we are very eastern medicine over western medicine.. We do not go to the doctor unless we need. I stopped well baby checks after year 1 .. She is wonderful and I always tell her she needs to be a midwife
Sami, married to Joe, mama to Debra (9), Kaydence (7), Nolan (2) and Jarek born 6/26/2013, unassisted at home
When my DD was born, we didn't have a pediatrician lined up until after she was born. Just one of those things that completely slipped my mind. We ended up getting in to see my husband's co-worker's pediatrician. He was the head pediatrician at Phoenix Children's Hospital and everyone told us how amazingly lucky we were to have him take us on. Turns out, the guy was a HUGE jerk. He made me feel like a terrible mother for "endangering" my child by having her at home. He had terrible bedside manner, and took every opportunity to remind me again what an awful parent I was. After a few appointments I started looking online for a new pediatrician. The second time around, I ended up going by online reviews. I think all of the amazing reviews for that location must have been for people who saw the nurse practitioner, because we loved her. She was so great with Fiona. Unfortunately, the Doctor was almost as bad as our first pediatrician, and we saw her for most of the visits.
We just moved this last summer, and I was worried I'd have to go through the whole rigmarole with finding another pediatrician. Thankfully, my parents have an amazing family doctor, and through their referral, we were able to get our family in with her. She's not a pediatrician per-say, but she does deliver babies (not mine, we're going with a midwife) and cares for them from the get-go. We've seen her a few times and I'm really happy with her. She's the first doctor I've seen in I don't know how many years that I've actually been happy with. So once our baby is born, we'll take him/her to see the family doctor.