Interviewing a pediatrician

I wasn’t sure what to expect and I don’t think interviewing a pediatrician is necessarily needed, but it definitely helped set our minds at ease–one less thing to worry about. Some of you other first-timers asked me to share the questions we asked and how it went and I’m happy to try to help so here we go…

First, this pediatrician was recommended by our OB. She said he was “the sweetest guy.” Also, he works in an office with a well-known and very well-loved pediatrician so we figured he had to be great too (and he’s accepting new patients). A google search showed nothing but wonderful reviews about him.

Q: Affiliated hospital?
A: All 3 in our town. He will be there for the birth.

Q: Who will answer our questions when we call in?
A: He will. He takes all calls from 830-930am and if you call after that, he calls back between patients or, at the very latest, at 5pm when the office closes. (I loved this!)

Q: Will our baby always be seen by you?
A: Yes. Unless he’s out of town (and then we’d see a stand-in doctor during office hours or one of the other 2 office doctors if it’s after hours).

Q: Who do we call after hours/weekends?
A: The office number–he will always be the one to return calls and, if needed, will open the office or meet at the hospital at night or over the weekend. (Awesome!)

Q: Do you have separate waiting areas for well visits and sick kids?
A: No. There is only one small waiting room, but they schedule visits to keep wait time at no more than 10 minutes and don’t schedule any well visits on Mondays because that is the most popular day for parents to bring in sick kids. He also has 3 exam rooms in the back that helps keep traffic moving/less waiting in the waiting room.

Q: We’re interested in a delayed vaccine schedule, can you work with us?
A: Yes. We can talk about each case as the normal vaccine schedule comes up–the only vaccine he strongly suggests sticking to the given schedule is the DTaP.

Q: Feelings on circumcision and breastfeeding?
A: Ok with both, breastfeeding is great. He gave us a BF guide and a book (“Your Baby’s First Year”). Suggested we take advantage of the lactation consultant at our hospital. He does not perform the circumcision, our delivery OB does.

Q: How far in advance do appointments need to be scheduled?
A: Well visits need to be planned in advance (1-2 weeks), but sick children will be seen same day.

Overall, he was great! We liked his answers and the best part was that we didn’t feel rushed even though it was 5pm and what should have been the end of his work day. He answered most questions before we could ask and hey, he gave us a free book 😉 We told him it will hopefully be at least 2 weeks before we see him again!

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7 comments to Interviewing a pediatrician

  • Kayce

    That’s great!! I didn’t have time to interview a ped, so when we went in for the version, they just had me pick the name of one off the list. I ended up loving her, but she isn’t as great as the one you have!

    He sounds incredible!! I’m sooo glad you are comfortable with him and everything went well. Now here’s to hoping that little one cooks for a couple more weeks 🙂


  • Rachel

    Did my mom send you that cartoon? 🙂


  • Paul

    Did you know circumcision interferes with brestfeeding and is not performed in Europe or other advanced nations?


  • I havent’ been here in a while (busy with my own newborn these last couple of weeks!) but I wanted to throw in a comment concerning circumcision. I researched it heavily before my last son was born, and found that there’s no medical reason for it, and actually the only reasonable reason I could find was if it’s a religious requirement (ie, if you’re Jewish or Muslim). I have not found any good reasons for us TO do it, and I found quite a few to NOT do it. The prior commenter is right that it’s not common in most of the world–really just the middle east and parts of the US. Even in the USA the rates are dropping and it’s only around 50% nationwide now.
    I guess the final straw for me was the thought that if I circumcise my kid as an infant, then he never has a choice…whereas if I leave him intact, then as an adult he could still choose circumcision if he wanted it, but at least it would be HIS choice for his body, not mine forced on him. I think that’s only fair.
    I’ve blogged about it quite a bit–search the tag ‘intactivism’


  • BTW, your pediatrician sounds great. 🙂
    I also delay vax, and I agree that the DTaP makes sense to do first (I do hold off a little and start it at 6m), but crawling babies have higher risk for tetanus imo, and pertussis has been making the rounds all over the country…


  • Leonardo Schoene

    Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me.


  • I thought the article was great. Very concise and I agree with everything written. I’ve done some writing myself but haven’t really gotten published much.


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