DO YOU HAVE A PEDIATRICIAN FOR YOUR NEW BABY?
|Having a baby is a big step in any woman’s life.
One of the choices you have during your pregnancy is to select a
doctor (pediatrician) to care for your new baby. Your Obstetrician
or midwife will continue to care for your needs after birth. The
pediatrician will care for your new baby through childhood.
To make your stay at the hospital easier, please choose a doctor for
your baby several months before your due date. If you are having
trouble locating one, you can go to the “Find a Doctor” page on this
website. We suggest that you call that doctor to see if he/ she is
accepting new patients and participates in your insurance plan. This
will make your baby’s care in the hospital and afterwards go more
If you do not choose a baby doctor, you will be assigned one to care
for the baby in the hospital. This doctor may not be able to care
for your baby after discharge due to practice constraints and
insurance issues. Therefore, it is better to have arranged this
ahead of your labor & delivery.
Please tell your OB provider who the pediatric doctor will be so it
is on your prenatal record. The nurses’ will also ask you this
information when you come to have your baby.