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When selecting a pediatrician, you may consider several criteria to help narrow down your search. Some of these criteria include professional experience and certifications. When making your decision, it may also help to get input from other resources, such as insurance companies, your OB/GYN, and friends who have children. However, the decision is yours and it is probably a good idea to "go with your gut."

How to Choose a Pediatrician

As you are awaiting the birth of your child, you are eagerly preparing everything your baby will need. To help minimize stress after your bundle of joy is born, it is a good idea to have as much done as possible beforehand so that you can focus on enjoying your baby after the birth. One of the tasks at hand is finding the right pediatrician who will care for your child once he or she enters this world. A few weeks before your baby is born is a good time to start taking a look at potential pediatricians.
When looking for the right pediatrician, you will narrow down your list based on a number of criteria you have established as being important to you, including professional experience and certifications. At the end of the day, however, you will likely "go with your gut" and choose the provider that you feel is the best for your baby based on details that are a little less "scientific."
Maybe you feel more comfortable with an older pediatrician or one that graduated from medical school relatively recently. Maybe gender is important to you or the office location is a deal-maker for your busy schedule. Whatever it is that draws you to a specific pediatrician, the one thing you want to make sure they have is the ability to listen and communicate effectively with you.
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