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Do you call a pediatrician before a baby is born?


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Andrea’s Answer

Get recommendations from friends and call and make appointments to meet some pediatricians. You want to make sure that you and your doctor have the same mindset about breastfeeding, vaccinations, nutrition and overall health care. My children are vegetarians and I wanted to breastfeed as long as possible for their health. We had a great pediatrician who retired when my kids were about 5. It was tough finding a doctor we liked until we found a group practice. I prefer a solo practice because you really get to know them and they you, but that's becoming more rare.

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Janice’s Answer

Hi Jessica-

Typically a pediatrician is consulted after a baby is born for a wellness check up. It is a good idea to locate a pediatrician prior to the delivery of the child to ensure the physician is still accepting new patients. Consider office location, office hours, and services rendered. Pediatricians may manage children until they are 18 years old so finding the right person is key.

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Andrea’s Answer

Get recommendations from friends and call and make appointments to meet some pediatricians. You want to make sure that you and your doctor have the same mindset about breastfeeding, vaccinations, nutrition and overall health care. My children are vegetarians and I wanted to breastfeed as long as possible for their health. We had a great pediatrician who retired when my kids were about 5. It was tough finding a doctor we liked until we found a group practice. I prefer a solo practice because you really get to know them and they you, but that's becoming more rare.

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Blake’s Answer

Hey Jessica,

It is best to contact a pediatrician before the baby is born. That way you have time to meet with several pediatricians to help you make the best decision.

Thanks,
Blake

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