When I was on bed rest for my first child, I did a lot of research online. I heard that I should interview pediatricians before selecting one, but I didn't think it was necessary. Also, I couldn't leave my house to do that. I selected a pediatrician from my community with a good reputation, but who was not working at the hospital where I was giving birth.
So I ended up changing to a pediatrician because we love the woman who saw my baby in the hospital and we wanted to be consistent. So now I would recommend interviewing first. You can get in touch with the best experienced Alpharetta pediatrics for your child online.
Here are some sample questions you should find answers to before selecting a pediatrician.
1) How do you handle phone calls/questions? Is there a triage nurse in charge of the phone lines? If you leave a message, how long does it take to call back? How are after-hours problems handled?
2) What is your philosophy on medications (some doctors seem to always prescribe medications while others are more cautious)?
3) What do I do if my child is up all night sick? Are there walks in hours? Or are appointments left open on purpose? (Some pediatricians have an early morning walking hours. I like it because it is always an option if my child is up all night and I also like the idea that very sick children are not there when we are there for our routine visits. ).
4) This is not a question, but have a general idea of how you like the doctor's behavior. Do they answer your questions completely? Or do they make you feel stupid asking them?
Once you get your questions answered and feel comfortable, you will be much happier with your choice of pediatricians.