Choosing a Pediatrician for Your Newborn

Did you know that when you take your infant home from the hospital you need to choose his primary care provider? That means that you’ll need to pick out your baby’s pediatrician before you head to the hospital to give birth. If it’s your first child, you’ll want to start researching pediatricians long before you’re planning to give birth.

Many parents start researching pediatricians when they conceive, or others start the search when they’re six or seven months into the pregnancy. Do whatever feels right for you.

Regardless of when you begin your search, it’s important to understand the implications of your choice. Babies are scheduled for six well-care visits in their first year alone, and infants who see the same doctor from the get-go get the best care: You won’t need to cover the preliminaries each time when you settle on a doctor.

It’s important to consider if your candidates accept your insurance before spending time winnowing down the selection. The Youth Clinic accepts most major insurers and provides resources for new patients, irrespective of their age.

You won’t get a true feel for a doctor’s style, and if she’ll fit your family’s needs just from online reviews or recommendations from friends. You’ll want to take a first-hand look at everything the provider has to offer.

To make this easy on prospective parents, we offer a New Parent Night the second Monday of every month at our Oak Park Office. The hour-long presentation gives you everything you need to know about the youth clinic, and features presentations from pediatricians, physicians assistants and business staff. You’ll also get information on the other programs we offer for new parents. You’ll need to RSVP to reserve a seat at the free event. Start at our Event Calendar to find a time that works best for you. You’ll also get a feel for the warm, welcoming atmosphere we provide our families.

The Youth Clinic’s new patient representatives are available during business hours to arrange for your baby’s care or to answer questions. Reach them directly at 970.267.6717