Want to learn how to interview a pediatrician for twins? Choosing the right pediatrician is one of the most important decisions you make for your children. You want to find a pediatrician in a practice that makes you feel confident and comfortable. Your pediatrician should also be warm, compassionate, and open to your thoughts and feelings, and you should share similar views on child rearing.
If you know the sex of your child you might want to consider choosing a pediatrician of the same gender. When children become teenagers, they often feel more comfortable with a doctor of the same sex. Another thing to think about is the age of the doctor. If you choose an older doctor, ask whether retirement is in the near future and, if so, who will take over the practice. Choose the right pediatrician, and he/she might be able to treat your twins from birth through adolescence.
It's a good idea to begin your search for a pediatrician during your sixth month of pregnancy. This will give you plenty of time to decide on the right pediatrician before your babies are born. Compile a list of candidates by asking friends, relatives, coworkers, neighbors, and your obstetrician for recommendations.
After you've compiled your list of candidates set up appointments with several pediatricians. Different doctors have different approaches to child rearing. You want to make sure you select the one that best suits your family's needs. Arrange to meet pediatricians individually and in person. If possible, both parents should attend the first meeting. Don't interview pediatricians over the phone. Only a face-to-face meeting will let you know whether a pediatrician has the type of personality and philosophy about child rearing that you are seeking. It is very important to feel comfortable with the pediatrician you choose for your twins.
When interviewing a prospective pediatrician never feel afraid or
embarrassed to ask questions. Remember; you children are your most precious
gift. Here are some specific questions you will want to ask.
In addition to talking with the pediatrician, you'll want to ask the
doctor's staff some questions. When you make your appointment, be sure
to ask whether there will be a staff member available to answer
questions. Here are a few pertinent questions to ask the staff.
After you've interviewed both the pediatrician and the staff ask yourself a few questions.
If you were happy with the interview and satisfied with the answers to the questions you've asked yourself, you've probably found the right pediatrician for your family.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elaine Farber is a Newborn Specialist Consultant and author of Baby Lists: What to Do and What to Get to Prepare for Baby. Elaine has over thirty years experience caring for single and multiple birth babies. She has made a career of loving and nurturing babies in a variety of environments. Elaine's love for children has prompted her to investigate and review a multitude of products in real-world conditions. She has coached families through every aspect of early parenting, from selecting the right hospital to choosing the proper diapers. She knows firsthand which items are the easiest to use, and the safest for baby.
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