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How to choose a pediatrician


Choosing a pediatrician can be overwhelming, no matter if it’s your first or fourth child. Thankfully, Affinity Health System has a whole team of experts to guide moms-to-be.

At around 20-24 weeks of your pregnancy, your doctor, midwife or a nurse educator may ask you if you’ve selected a pediatrician. This is a great time to start thinking about what you would want in a pediatrician for your new bundle of joy.

When I was at 22 weeks, I too needed to start thinking about choosing a pediatrician for my son. This is a great time to think through any preferences you may request in a pediatrician.  A connection specialist, like myself, will be able to match your family with a pediatrician. Some of the questions I will ask you include:

  • In what city do you prefer to have a pediatrician?
  • Are there certain specialties that you would request of your pediatrician?
  • Would you like to meet the pediatrician prior to your first appointment?

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Baby Teeth Chart (Infographic)

Our pediatricians are often asked about teething timelines for babies. To help, we thought we’d make a baby teeth chart for you to download, save and print.



How to decide who should be your child’s physician


Deciding who is going to care for your child is a difficult decision to make. Getting recommendations from family and friends is a good place to start. You can also call the doctor’s office to see if you can meet with the provider. A “Meet the Doctor” appointment allows you to get a sense of what the doctor’s manner and philosophy is.

In terms of the type of doctor, children typically see either a pediatrician or a family physician. A pediatrician is a physician who specializes in children from the moment they are born through their teenage years (some they will see into college). Pediatricians have a three-year residency focused on inpatient and outpatient care of children.  Continue Reading »

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