FAQs about a newborn pediatrician
- What are your credentials?
Look into the provider’s credentials who will take care of your child. Is the provider a board-certified pediatrician? The term board-certified pediatrician refers to a doctor who has passed rigorous exams administered by the governing body of their field.
For board-certified status to be maintained, pediatricians must retake the exams every few years, providing parents with continued peace of mind that their baby is in excellent hands. If your pediatrician is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is also a good sign that they follow the organization’s standards and guidelines.
- What hospitals do they affiliate with?
If your pediatrician has an affiliation with the hospital where you deliver, they may be able to do your newborn’s first checkup there. Whether your doctor makes these hospital visits may depend on their schedule. Otherwise, make sure your pediatrician will see you within five days of your baby’s birth.
You may want to become familiar with the institution where your pediatrician holds privileges should your child ever require hospitalization. Your child’s primary care provider may already be affiliated with a pediatric hospital, which is more convenient.
- What are other services available?
Many medical practices have clinicians with varying specialties on their teams. Some offer patients specialized services. Please inquire about the services they provide at the practice. Does it offer behavioral health coaching? Do they have an onsite laboratory?
Telehealth services are becoming more common for families who prioritize family health. If you are interested in telehealth services, ask your pediatrician.
- What is your relationship with other providers?
Clinical support teams and specialists can coordinate care for children with rare and complex conditions. If your child develops a chronic illness, the pediatrician should be an integral member of the care team.
- Do they offer holistic pediatric care?
Does the practices’ healthcare team comprise naturopathic pediatricians, lactation specialists, social workers, behavioral health specialists, nutritionists, or vaccine-friendly pediatricians?
- Is there an office culture and a communication style?
Can you tell whether the doctor and their staff seem friendly, patient, and kind? Do you believe that the doctor is genuinely interested in your child and their health? You should not feel rushed during appointments, and the staff must communicate and explain health issues in a manner that you understand.
- When are the business hours?
In some practices, pediatricians are available 24 hours a day, throughout holidays, and for urgent appointments. You should find a practice that has extended hours to suit your schedule.
- How do you handle emergencies?
Do you have to book appointment with pediatrician, or can you walk in anytime? You may be able to walk in the same day if the office accommodates walk-ins. Find out what services they provide after hours.
- How much do services cost?
Finding a pediatrician you like, only to learn they do not participate in your insurance network, can be very frustrating. If this is the case, but you do not want to work with another physician, consider your out-of-pocket expenses. Costs can add up quickly during the first year of your baby’s life, so keep them in mind.
- Does the practice accept insurance?
Know the office’s policy on insurance, co-payments, and any other fees that you may need to pay.
Please call us at 201-525-0077 to book your appointment today at the Children of Joy Pediatrics. We are all about quality pediatric care.