Locating a Doctor
Before baby arrives, you'll need to enlist a pediatrician. But how do you find a good one? The key to success is to get started early, preferably during your second trimester. You may not feel up to the search later, and you don't want to be scrambling around for referrals during the last few weeks of your pregnancy.
So where do you start? Arm yourself with the telephone book, suggestions from your childbirth educator, friends, or family with ties to the medical community. Take the time to meet with prospective physicians before baby is born. Ask questions and familiarize yourself with any health-care provider before committing your child's health to her. Don't feel shy about asking for interviews with several pediatricians. Your child's health is important, and choosing the right pediatrician should be on the very top of your to-do list.