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Choosing A Pediatrician

Choosing a pediatrician is an important step in your child’s healthcare plan. A pediatrician will be your child’s primary physician. Select a pediatrician in advance of your baby’s arrival and schedule an initial consultation. You will want to schedule a well-baby visit for within 48 hours of arriving home with your n baby.
Your pediatrician may have to coordinate a health-care plan or refer you to a specialist, depending on your child’s needs and your insurance plan.  Here are a number of questions, to help you select a pediatrician.
·         What are the office hours?
·         What are the after-hours and weekend policies and procedures?
·         How long does it take you to drive from your home to the doctor’s office?
·         What is your general impression when you look around the office? Is it neat and clean?
·         Is the staff friendly, courteous, and helpful?
·         Does this physician meet your insurance requirements?
·         Are there other adopted patients?
·         Does the pediatrician have a positive attitude about adoption?
·         Does he or she appear willing to learn more about special needs of adopted children?
·         Are there other patients who are internationally adopted or have the same ethnic background?
In addition the American Academy of Pediatrics has a Provisional Section On Adoption.  See:

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