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Maternity and Childbirth Services

Choosing a Pediatrician for Your Baby

Choosing a doctor for your baby is another one of the many important decisions you will make as a parent. You will want to select a pediatrician before your baby is born, as your baby will have his or her first pediatrician visit while still in the hospital. If your selected pediatrician is unable to make a hospital visit, your baby can be seen by one of our in-house, board-certified pediatricians. They will oversee the care of your baby, answer any questions and provide necessary paperwork for your baby's primary pediatrician.

We can help you find a pediatrician that meets your specific needs:
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents ask the following questions when choosing a pediatrician:
  • Is the pediatrician accepting new patients? Is he or she covered by your insurance or managed care plan?
  • What are the office hours?
  • Is emergency coverage available 24 hours a day, seven days a week?
  • Is the pediatrician available by phone or e-mail? If so, when?
  • Does the practice have an after-hours answering service?
  • Where are patients referred after hours?
  • Is there access to pediatric specialists, if needed?
  • What hospital does the pediatrician prefer to use?
  • How does the office handle billing and insurance claims? Is payment due at the time of the visit?
  • If your child has special medical needs, ask about the practice's overall orientation and philosophy about caring for special-needs children. Can it provide the support you need to coordinate medical care for your child?