As we get closer to our due date, we've started the process of interviewing in hopes of selecting a pediatrician. We are delivering at a hospital that is over 30 minutes away, but I had a friend who used the hospital pediatrician (although at a different hospital) and absolutely regretted it. She said that he had no bedside manner and was always just in and out. So we decided that we have friends who live on that side of town and we wanted to make sure we had a good pediatrician who would take good care of our baby girl while we're in the hospital for a few days. So we decided to take the time to interview and select a pediatrician on that side of town, and will stay with them for the first few months since my husband works on that side of town. Then he can still come to the doctor appts with us even though he has already gone back to work.
So in doing so, I compiled a good list of questions that I felt were important to ask each pediatrician and I tried to break it up by type of question: whether it was related to the practice, the doctor, or general. There is also a specific question related to my experience about a reaction to a vaccine I had when I was little and I wanted opinions from each pediatrician about how they would handle that situation with our daughter.
I've uploaded the PDF version of my questionnaire. Feel free to use it exactly as is, or pull info from this checklist to create your own. Picking a pediatrician is a very important task, so I wanted to share!
PS: I know this is not the prettiest way to share it. I'm trying to figure out how to upload a PDF to my blog! For the meantime, this works...but if I find a better way, I'll fix it! If you have any suggestions, let me know! Thanks!