I remember the last time I went to the pediatrician’s office as a patient. I was 19. I had come home from college for fall break and I was sick as a dog. Like most college students I was too
lazy and hungover focused on my studies to take the time to switch to a grown-up doctor. At school I relied on the University Student Health Center. But, since they typically just prescribed Valtrex and the morning-after-pill for every affliction, I knew I needed a better diagnostician for this illness.
I sat in the waiting room wrapped up in two North Face fleeces as I fought a fever. Three snot-nosed-brats screamed as they raced by me, hitting one another. A receptionist said, “Excuse me ma’m, we ask that you control your children.” What?! Yeah, if they thought I was a parent and not a patient, it was time to leave the pediatrician. I got my Tamiflu and got out of there.
Ten years later as a pregnant woman, I took time finding the right peds office for my baby. We got recommendations from friends and took the prenatal tour. Have I told you I love Charlotte’s doctors’ office? I do. I love them. I’m really glad we chose the practice we did for the following reasons…
- They have two offices. Our house is smack-dab in between, five minutes from either location.
- They quickly arrange same-day appointments. Sometimes they can see your kid within an hour.
- They have a group of doctors ranging from young and right out of med school all the way to doctors who have practiced pediatric medicine for 35 years. It’s the best of both worlds, experienced doctors with tried-and-true methods, collaborating with young doctors learning the latest methods and using the newest technologies.
- They have nurses who are lactation conslultants. I had NO IDEA this was a feature I would need and apprecitate so much. It was incredibly convienent in Charlotte’s first few weeks to have the lactation consultant right there to help me when we took her in for those early appointments. One new mother told me recently she left a practice because they didn’t have any lactation consultants and a nurse just told her to give her baby formula. I’ve said before, I have no problem with formula, I just appreciated having breastfeeding help right there at the pediatrician’s office.
- They don’t make me feel stupid when I call the help line with things like “I think my baby got poop in her eye.” or “My baby’s poop looks a little off.” They asked me to bring in her latest “sample” during that appointment. I of course, brought in a Ziploc storage bag of 4 of the day’s diapers labeled sequentially.
They see teenagers at this office, but I’ll advise Charlotte to get to a General Practioner before she heads off to college.
Why and how did you choose your pediatrician? What features do you like best?