Choosing a pediatrician is an important step in your
child’s healthcare plan. A pediatrician will be your child’s primary physician.
Select a pediatrician in advance of your baby’s arrival and schedule an initial
consultation. You will want to schedule a well-baby visit for within 48 hours
of arriving home with your n baby.
Your pediatrician may have to coordinate a health-care
plan or refer you to a specialist, depending on your child’s needs and your
insurance plan. Here are a number of
questions, to help you select a pediatrician.
What are the office hours?
What are the after-hours and weekend policies
How long does it take you to drive from your
home to the doctor’s office?
What is your general impression when you look
around the office? Is it neat and clean?
Is the staff friendly, courteous, and helpful?
Does this physician meet your insurance
Are there other adopted patients?
Does the pediatrician have a positive attitude
Does he or she appear willing to learn more
about special needs of adopted children?
Are there other patients who are internationally
adopted or have the same ethnic background?
In addition the American Academy of Pediatrics has a
Provisional Section On Adoption. See:
Labels: Babies, Domestic Adoption, Medical Concerns, Parenting, Pre-adoption Education, Special Needs Adoption