Congratulations! The birth of a new baby is an exciting time for parents. Choosing names, decorating the baby’s room, and deciding which essentials still need to be purchased are all important issues to address. Also, among important decisions to make is choosing your child’s doctor. For your baby’s medical care, you may choose a pediatrician or a family practitioner. The two types of doctors differ in that, following medical school, a pediatrician receives exclusive training specializing in the care of children from birth to late adolescence. Pediatricians are considered child health experts and remain current on children’s healthcare by attending conferences and seminars that focus strictly on pediatric issues.
Your Baby's Arrival
Upon admission to the hospital for your delivery, you will notify the staff as to who your child’s pediatrician will be. Your baby’s first visit with one of our physicians will be in the hospital. The doctor on call, makes rounds on all patients each morning and again each evening. Infants born of routine vaginal deliveries during the day will be examined in the evening and babies born at night will be examined the following morning. You will have the opportunity to meet the doctor at that time. A pediatrician is present for all deliveries when our obstetrician is concerned about the progression of labor and feels that pediatric expertise is necessary.
You will likely meet two of our pediatricians during your hospital stay. Upon discharge you will be instructed to call our office to schedule your child’s first checkup.