Select Your Baby's Doctor

Making an informed choice optimizes your baby’s health care and encourages a supportive, mutual and long-term relationship.

It is very important to select your baby’s doctor prior to coming to the hospital and giving birth. We recommend you interview physicians. Please consult with your health care plan for approved care givers, which have privileges at Mission Hospital. You may also want to ask friends, family, neighbors and your obstetrician for recommendations. During your hospital stay, the baby’s doctor will examine and care for your baby as needed. In accordance with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), your baby’s doctor should encourage and support breastfeeding.

Making an informed choice optimizes your baby’s health care and encourages a supportive, mutual and long-term relationship

Tips to choosing the best doctor for your baby:

  • What medical school did the pediatrician attend, and where did he or she undergo postgraduate and residency training? (Medical directories in many public libraries—such as the Directory of Medical Specialists and the American Medical Directory—can also help answer these questions.)
  • Are they board certified or credentialed?
  • How long have they been in practice?
  • What are the doctor's present hospital appointments? If it becomes necessary for your youngster to be hospitalized, where would he be admitted?
  • Is the pediatrician's office conveniently located? Is it easily accessible by automobile or public transportation?
  • Are the office hours convenient for your own schedule? If you are a working parent, you may desire evening or weekend hours.
  • What is the typical length of office visits?
  • What is the doctor's policy on taking and returning phone calls? Is there a nurse in the office who can answer routine questions?
  • Is the doctor in a group practice with other physicians? Does another physician cover for the doctor at times? Who handles phone calls when the office is closed or during vacations?
  • Do you sense a genuine interest by the doctor in the problems of your child, including particular health disorders he may have?
  • Do both the physician and the office staff appear amicable and courteous? Do they demonstrate compassion and patience? Or do you feel rushed in the office, as though the doctor is eager to move on to the next patient?
  • How are visits for acute illnesses handled? Can you make an appointment on short notice if your child needs to see the pediatrician because of a sore throat or an infection, for example?
  • Does the doctor communicate clearly, using layman's language (not medical jargon) to explain illnesses and treatments, and does the doctor make an effort to ensure that all your questions are answered?
  • What are the doctor's usual fees for sick visits, routine examinations, and immunizations? What is the office policy regarding the processing of insurance forms?
  • In what managed-care programs does the doctor participate?
  • If your child should ever develop a complex illness that necessitates the care of one or more specialists, will your pediatrician coordinate care among all the doctors providing treatment?

Begin your search for the right doctor today