I held my breath hoping that one shot is all it would take. I was so, so, so blessed that one visit was all it took to find the family doctor we LOVE. I loved her so much that I threw out half of my interview questions because I knew what the answers would be.
It was important to me however, that I ask important questions. I wanted to be sure that she identified with my views and the way I plan to raise Cobi. I wanted her support and input as a doctor, I knew I did not want a doctor who was going to question my parenting choices or put me down for doing or not doing something a certain way.
I really hit the jackpot with our doctor and I am so thrilled. It is actually exciting for me to take my baby to the doctor because I love the appointments! Now, how many mothers can say that?!
One thing I suggest is to be sure you know where you stand on a lot of medical and parenting issues. I wouldn't have known the questions to ask, or the answers I desired; if I didn't know what I wanted first. Once I established that I put together a list of questions.
Some are basic questions that every practice should be asked; such as procedure for a sick child, same-day appointments, hospital affiliation and the like.
Why did you become a pediatrician? What is your favorite part of being in this practice?
How much time is allotted for each appointment?
Who is on-call when you’re not available?
What is your hospital association?
Are there separate sick/wellness checkup waiting rooms?
Procedure if my child is sick? Can I call anytime? If it’s outside of business hours, how long until I hear back from you? Are there same-day sick appointments?
Are there fees for consult-calls during the day or after hours?
Do you return all calls, or does your office?
Is emailing an option?
What is the schedule for well-baby checkups –why?
What is the percentage of mothers in your practice who exclusively breastfeed successfully?
What are your views on:
Alternative medicine (such as homeopathy, naturopathy or chiropractic)
Sleeping arrangements for baby – such as cosleeping
Feeding, solids – when to start, what foods?
Antibiotics or medication for sick children
How do you respond when parents express different views than what you may suggest/recommend?
Do you identify with one parenting method/style more than another?
What are some of your favorite books to recommend regarding child care/babies?
Do you love your doctor? What questions would you add to this list?