Finding Baby a DoctorPosted: August 19, 2014
We’re 6 weeks out from my due date. Because due dates are more like guidelines, that means we can reasonably expect Baby to arrive a month from now. Of course, we can also just as reasonably expect Baby to show up two months from now because pregnancy is a fun like that. Whee!
At any rate, my husband and I are getting to the point where our baby to-do list is rapidly increasing. Despite the reassurances that all a baby really needs is your love and blah, blah, blah, there are some things that should probably be included in the baby’s life. Healthcare is one of those things, so I’ve been trying to figure out how to find a doctor for Baby.
Like most things relating to infants, researching doctors is a frustrating combination of endless options and fear-mongering. Do we go with a pediatrician or family doctor? M.D. or D.O.? What about a nurse-practitioner? How should distance factor into our decision?
Then there’s pressure to find a doctor that fits with your parenting philosophy, adding a new slew of questions to figure out. How does the doctor feel about breastfeeding? About sleep training? Vaccinations? And this is all the more confusing because I haven’t figured out how we feel about these things.
So I started lamenting about my confusion to my husband over lunch one day. He came up with a solution:
While his method may be unorthodox, it does simplify the search process. . .