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Finding the Perfect Pediatrician

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I didn’t go through the typical research/interview process when finding my pediatrician.

When Miles was born 5 weeks early, I called my neighbor from the hospital, asked her if she liked her pediatrician, found out she was located less than a mile from our house, and booked our first appointment.

Six years later, and I’m thrilled with my choice.

At the time, I didn’t know her stance on vaccinations or medications. I didn’t know her stance on breast vs bottle, co-sleeping or baby wearing. I wasn’t even necessarily positive that she had a medical degree.

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I just knew that she was nearby, accepting new patients and good enough for my neighbor.

Luckily we’re pretty much on the same page about all that important parenting stuff, but even more importantly, she makes me feel like an amazing mom.

When I come in with all three kids and completely forget to bring an extra diaper for the baby, she tells me about a mom that didn’t realize her 3-year-old wasn’t wearing pants or shoes when she came in for an appointment.

When she declares my children tall and thin for their age, she says, “Of course they are – they take after their mother.”

And as if that weren’t enough, she told me a story earlier this year that made me give her an open-mouth kiss and put her on the permanent Christmas dinner invite list.

One of my children had started peeing in their room. Gross – believe me – I know.

After trying everything I could think of to stop the behavior (and failing), I called my pediatrician in horror.

Am I raising a psychopath? Is there something seriously wrong with my kid?

And that’s when she told me a story that basically went like this:

Oh, that’s nothing.

When my son was 8 years old, we were house hunting and went to an open house in a neighborhood that we really loved. We had just come from his soccer game, and he was a muddy mess, so I told him to wait in the front yard while I walked through the house.

I made it clear that he was not to come inside.

When I walked out of the house, there was my son taking a giant dump in the front yard. As other prospective buyers were pulling into the driveway.

He had to go, and he knew he wasn’t allowed to come into the house, so he just found a nice patch of lawn and went to town.

That story has made me feel like an amazing mom at least 50 times since then. No matter what my kids have done, at least they didn’t take a dump in someone else’s front yard. Amiright?

So my advice for finding a great pediatrician?

1. Call your neighbor and find out who she goes to.

2. Call the pediatrician and ask this question: “Has your child ever pooped in someone else’s front yard?”

If the answer is yes, you have the perfect doctor. If the answer is no, call a different neighbor and start all over again.

Finding a pediatrician can be stressful, but if you ask these questions, you'll find your interview to be short and sweet, and you'll walk away choosing a great doctor for your family and your kids! #pediatrician #doctor #interview #kids #parents

18 Comments

  1. Vanessa

    April 9, 2013 at 6:16 am

    I think that story will make a lot of parents feel better. Why yes, my child did write his name on your vehicle with a stone, but at least he’s never taken a dump in somebody’s yard.

  2. design fluff

    April 9, 2013 at 6:49 am

    Hahahahaha! So funny! I love your ped! Really wish ours was like that! My son did take a pee in a house we were house hunting in a few weeks ago or so, but at least he didn’t take a dump in the yard! Your pediatrician makes me feel good. 🙂

  3. Janine Huldie

    April 9, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Your pediatrician sounds awesome. I just had to switch our pediatrician, because of the whole debacle with Emma when she was sick. Long story short turned out the head pediatrician in the practice was a real jerk off and even yelled at me on the phone when I called about Emma being sick still after 2 weeks. So not going back there and just hope now that the pediatrician that was recommended to us, who I switched to has a better bed side manner.

  4. sparkling74

    April 9, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Ok, your pediatrician is hysterical and I’d like to sign myself up for an appointment!

    I love how you found her. Today, we spend so much time trying to be so thorough in our research and we want the best of the best, but sometimes, it’s better to do just what you did. You might have found someone with more qualifications, more of a reputation, but that person might have been a total douche and not good at relating to you at all. And blogfodder is always a must when choosing your doctors, dentists, lawyers and the like! Or they might have been further away. Proximity plays a major role in many of my decisions, I’m sorry to say. A doctor next door who got her degree in the mail vs a Mayo clinic superstar that works 40 minutes away. It’s really a tough one!

  5. Amy

    April 9, 2013 at 7:43 am

    That story is amazing! My pediatrician is great, but if she had stories like that, I would make up excuses to come in. “Does this mole look weird? Better go to the doctor!”

  6. Lisa @ The Golden Spoons

    April 9, 2013 at 7:55 am

    HaHa! I found our pediatrician the same way 10 years ago – just asked a couple friends and went with it. I love him as well because, like me, he has 3 daughters – except his are are older (late teens & 20’s) – so he always says “No big deal – my daughter used to do _______.” Always makes me feel better to know I’m not the worst ever mom!

  7. Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers

    April 9, 2013 at 8:27 am

    That story is hilarious!

  8. thedoseofreality

    April 9, 2013 at 8:32 am

    I have a fantastic pediatrician! Fantastic! And my OB once told me a story about how he had to turn his son’s door around and put the lock on the outside to keep him at night! I pretty much made out with him on the spot! 😉

  9. Kristin @ OneOrganicMama

    April 9, 2013 at 8:35 am

    My kid peed in the middle of my bedroom in defiance (I told him to put on his pajamas). Thanks to you, I now feel like a WONDERFUL parent. You’re the best!

  10. Pam

    April 9, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Awesome!

  11. Dona

    April 9, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Hmmmm…..maybe I need to talk to your pediatrician about writing a book……..

    Hilarious!!

  12. Michelle

    April 9, 2013 at 11:11 am

    You just made me feel *really* bad about my parenting skills! (But at least it was my own front yard and the child in question was a lot younger than eight…)

  13. Ali - Off The Mark

    April 9, 2013 at 11:22 am

    That is hilarious.

    When I was little we lived in a very quiet semi-rural neighborhood with big yards and few neighbors. So my sister and I would doften run around outside naked and would pee on the lawn. My mom had to instigate some new rules though after my sister took a dump right on the driveway.

  14. Cheryl Nicholl

    April 9, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Yes you do. Does she see adults?

  15. Momchalant

    April 9, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Yeah, your pediatrician is pretty much badass. Anyone who told me I was tall and skinny gets an A++ in my book.

    I love my pediatrician, but I think she’s spying on me. (I turned my son around in the carseat way early and she somehow knows.. and knows I lie about it)

  16. Vicky

    April 10, 2013 at 2:45 am

    My pediatrician rocks the house! my only request when searching for one was that he or she be a solo practioner. Here in San Diego everyone goes to the Big Red Brick Building. I’m not kidding. It’s this gian medical center with the biggest pediatrics care ever. They docs are great and the care is good- i’m not knocking it. But with my first kid I never saw the same doctor twice in 3 years. 3 years!! So when baby #2 came along I made the change. Know why he rocks? He returned a call from Disneyland once. he showed me my kid’s ear and then a medical book so I could see what an infected ear looks like vs a non infected ear. Then he told me where to get a great light so I could look in his ear and tell the difference. He asks me my opinon all the time. You think it’s strep? Um, yeah? Me too- let’s treat it. He rocks!!
    Vicky

  17. Jenn

    April 14, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Love it! I wish we had doctors like that. In Canada doctors are at such a premium and in such shortage, your kid doesn’t go to a paediatrician unless something is REALLY wrong with him and you get a referral from your family doctor. And then, you don’t get to choose, you get what you get. Then you wait several months for your appointment. And that’s all if you’re lucky enough to have a family doctor, because they are also in short supply. Where I live, about 30% of the population doesn’t have a doctor.

  18. Marissa

    April 1, 2014 at 10:42 am

    I love that story and will definitely remember it the next time my son does something awful!
    I was in the same boat as you, Anne. My son came 5 weeks early too and we had not visited one pediatrician. I called my doctor’s office and from my hospital room, while in labor, and asked him if he would feel comfortable taking a preterm baby as a patient. He said absolutely and if we ever felt like he needed the care of a pediatrician that he would help me find the right one. 2 years later and my son still sees “Dr Seuss,” as he calls him.

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