Why It’s Important to Choose a Pediatrician BEFORE the Baby Comes

Trust me on this one:
Choose a pediatrician before your baby arrives.  

I wish I would have understood the importance of choosing the right pediatrician before my baby arrived.  Pediatricians have a HUGE impact on new mommies  (much greater than I knew when I was cluelessly pregnant).  As a new and tired mom with a newborn, you’ll be way too tired to easily make this decision postpartum and/or deal with the process of changing to a new pediatrician once your newborn baby arrives.  

I ended up switching pediatricians when my baby was 4-months-old after I endured 4 long months of progressively awkward visits to her office with my newborn.

Why did I switch pediatricians?

  • The polite version of the story:  The pediatrician and I just “weren’t a good fit.”
  • The truth:   The woman was a total weirdo! And she had extremely poor patient relations skills, and I didn’t like her caring for my daughter.  

But firing Dr. Weirdo was much more difficult than I expected it to be.  

Not only was I exhausted, but I had some strange emotional attachment to Dr. Weirdo because she knew my daughter from the day that my daughter was born (I blame the postpartum hormones for that one).

Note:  I chose our first pediatrician for my daughter based on a referral from my OB/GYN (who apparently had absolutely no idea what he was talking about and was referring this pediatrician only because that pediatrician was affiliated with his hospital).  Take my advice:  do the research yourself!


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