While I hated almost every minute of living in Philadelphia, going to school out there and working caused me to settle in a bit and after finding out that we were expecting I turned to all of my friends in the medical field for help. I delivered in the hospital I worked for, my nurses were friends and people I knew, and almost everyone I became acquainted with either called to check up on me, stopped by to see me, and of course collect and run any and all blood work so of course when it came time to choose a Pediatrician I didn't have to far to look as I worked for The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. It is an amazing hospital with some of the best physicians, PAs, and laboratory staff I've ever seen. The hospital doesn't even really feel like a hospital and I sing it's praises for their mandatory pump breaks (their rule is all nursing moms must take as many breaks as necessary to pump during the day, given it doesn't cause a detriment to the department) and many were accommodating.
We had just had Chunk's 6mo check up when we left Philly but because of my nervousness about them knowing everything about his medical background up to that point and our relationship with his pediatrician we've made the trip back the Philadelphia twice for his 9 month and his 12 month appointments. I think I've gotten over my nervousness now that we've passed this 1st year mark and I'm ready to find our very own NYC pediatrician. My childhood doctor is closing in on retirement and so his office is handled by some new doctors and nurses so I'm meeting with him to hear who's who and see if I'm comfortable with that situation.
Because I grew up with an older, West Indian doctor who cared about my report card, how my piano recital went, and what I wanted to be when I grew up and who also had a great relationship with both of my parents I wanted to same for Chunks. Our doctor in Philly is really great with remembering facts about Chunks and us so I will miss that but hopefully I can find the same in our own search. Wish me luck.
How did you choose your little one's pediatrician? What do you look for in your child's healthcare provider?