There is a long list of things to do when you’re expecting a newborn. But one of the most important things is to ensure you have the right pediatrician for your child. 

That’s why Dr. Wade at It’s All About The Patient in Mesa is here to help you. From pediatric services to family medicine and mental health services, our team is here to help. Schedule an appointment today! 

Finding a Pediatrician 

When it comes to your newborn’s pediatrician, you want to make sure it’s someone you can trust! We’re here to help you with some important tips for when and how to find the right pediatrician for your newborn. 

Before Your Newborn Arrives

You might not have your newborn yet, but you want to make an appointment with your child’s pediatrician before they’re even born! This is because when your baby is born, they will need to see a pediatrician within a few weeks of leaving the hospital, leaving you with almost no time to find a provider. 

When you give yourself enough time to plan and meet with the pediatrician before your child is born, you can know that you’ve chosen the best provider for your family. 

The First Meeting 

Oftentimes, when you first meet with your pediatrician, it will be before your newborn arrives. This is the chance to get to know your pediatrician, ask any questions, and let them know about any of your concerns. 

The most important thing is to make sure that you feel comfortable and confident about your choice. You can ask them questions about their approach to treatment and if they will have the time to help you with any concerns that come up as a new mother. 

This appointment is also a good time to ask questions like: 

  • Which provider will see your baby at the hospital when he or she arrives? 
  • When will your newborn’s first exam need to be scheduled? 
  • What typically happens during a newborn appointment? 

Beyond that, just be honest with your provider to make sure you’re getting the right pediatrician for you and your newborn! 

Things to Look For

Before you begin your search for a pediatrician, there are some things you can look for, including: 

  • Board certification
  • Location
  • Payment and insurance

Board certifications are a great way to ensure that your provider has the proper qualifications to be your child’s pediatrician. Beyond that, you want to find a pediatrician that is located close to your home. This is because you’ll be making frequent appointments with your newborn to keep them up-to-date on all vaccinations and that they’re staying healthy as they grow. 

Beyond that, it’s important to make sure the provider you choose will accept your insurance. While you’re doing that, you can also verify your co-payments and any other costs you would be responsible for outside of the appointment. 

Family Medicine at It’s All About The Patient

At It’s All About The Patient in Mesa, family medicine is our priority. Dr. Wade is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. That makes him qualified to provide your newborn with pediatric care, along with serving as the family medicine provider for your entire family. 

Find a pediatrician you can trust for you and your entire family. Schedule an appointment today and get started with Dr. Wade!