You don’t realize the ever growing list of “to do” items that suddenly creep up on you when you are pregnant. Some are easy to tackle and others, well, I would assume ignore. For some reason finding a pediatrician was one of those I really wanted to ignore on the list.
I wish I could give you a reason why. Perhaps it is because we have had such a hard time with our vet. Yes, I’m comparing my soon to be newborn to my dog. I have stressed about my vet, clashed with him, and in general it has caused tears. I kept thinking, if I can’t even find a vet I like, how will I find a pediatrician? Just googling pediatricians in the area is enough to make your head explode.
We live in a very small town and could easily choose to just see a family doctor at our local clinic. If my Husband or I are sick we just go to that clinic and use their walk in service that they have 7 days a week and we see whatever doctor is on call. After living here for 15 years you know the doctors and they are good enough to me to diagnose a sinus infection and write a prescription for an antibiotic. However, we wanted a more specialized pediatrician in the city for our nugget.
I started by asking around for referrals from friends and family and made a list from there. We knew we had a few requirements-young, from the area, woman, clinic in the city, preferably in the hospital where I will deliver, was ok with me not breastfeeding and ok with chiropractic care. It was the part where we had to go in and sit down with these docs that I was truly dreading. I was unsure of what to ask and so forth.
With some nudging from my Husband I made a few calls and set up times to meet with a few doctors. Yesterday we met with our first one and an hour later walked out with her as our pediatrician. Cut to the point, we are not meeting with any others. I am a big “gut feeling” person and both my Husband and I just knew. There were zero red flags, we had a great conversation, we agreed on a ton of topics, she met all of our requirements, and I wanted to hug her when we walked out. Could it have just been that easy? The Husband and I stood in the parking lot trying to come up with a reason to meet with other docs just in case but we couldn’t. Why not just call it good and cross this “to do” off the list. So we did just that.