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Finding the right pediatrician is an important first step in your child's healthy development. You can often find good referrals from neighborhood moms, your hospital or birthing center, or your OB-GYN office.

Choose a pediatrician with an office in your neighborhood, or at least a short drive away. You don't want to have to schlep a screaming infant or toddler to the other side of town. Check out our test test test doctor referral page to find doctors in the Boston metro area. Be sure to get a feel for the values of each practice. Below are some important questions to ask during your interview:

Questions to ask
  • Which hospitals are you affiliated with?
  • Are you part of a group practice - how many doctors in the group?
  • How are emergency calls handled?
  • Do you have separate sick and well waiting rooms?
  • How long will you usually have to wait in the waiting room?
  • Are there toys in the waiting room to keep your child occupied?
Additional questions that new mothers should ask

  • What is your position on breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding? (If you are committed to one or the other, you'll want to find a doctor who will be supportive of your choice.)
  • What is your position on circumcision, immunizations and the use of antibiotic medication (or other issues you feel strongly about)?
  • Will the doctor take/return calls regarding emergency health questions?
Guides to choosing a pediatrician

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