6. How to Choose a Pediatrician

My wife and I just had our beautiful fifth baby, Gloria Benedicta Boucher, two weeks ago! You can see her on Instagram. I might be just a little bit biased, but I think she’s one of the greatest babies of all time. Overall, everything with our other kids have gone well, too! Our two next youngest kids have struggled a little with the transition, but it’s gone better than we expected.

I was able to take two weeks off work, during which a real tragedy took place: our practice manager, and a key employee, passed away abruptly and unexpectedly. He was the rock of our office, and we’ll be missing him for a long time. Please keep this incredible father, grandfather, family man, and mentor, along with his family, in your prayers.

In episode 6 of #ParentingMatters, @DrPhilBoucher gets interviewed! Learn about when & how to pick a pediatrician, important questions to ask, and much more. Click To Tweet

Now, onto today’s show! This episode is a little different than usual; it’s a discussion with my friend Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins. Her podcast is called All About Pregnancy & Birth, and I highly recommend that you go check it out and subscribe! I was a guest on her podcast, and enjoyed the conversation so much that I wanted to bring it to you here, too. In our chat today, Nicole asked me about choosing a pediatrician and what goes into that decision. This is something I get asked about all the time, and it’s an important topic to me!

We’ll talk about when to start thinking about a pediatrician, which I recommend doing in the late first or early second trimester. By being proactive in this way, you’ll have an easier time getting into a specific pediatrician’s practice, which may be pretty full. We’ll then move on to chatting about which questions you should ask a potential pediatrician, including philosophy, availability, and vaccines. Next, we’ll discuss breastfeeding, circumcisions, and much more. Don’t miss this information-packed episode, and your chance to hear me be interviewed for once!

In This Episode:

[01:02] – Welcome to Parenting Matters! Dr. B talks about his new daughter, and shares some tragic news from work.

[03:45] – We hear about today’s special episode, which will be a different format than usual and features Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins.

[06:41] – Dr. B talks a bit about himself, what he does, and his family, as well as the weather in Nebraska.

[08:26] – When should a family start thinking about choosing their pediatrician?

[09:46] – Dr. B walks listeners through the steps people should go through when going about choosing a pediatrician.

[12:17] – Nicole and Dr. B chat about the value of weekend and evening hours in a pediatrician.

[12:59] – What are Dr. B’s thoughts on prenatal consults with a pediatrician?

[14:04] – Dr. B shares some questions that he would recommend asking to determine if a pediatrician is a good fit.

[16:06] – Other than philosophy, what other questions or topics should parents ask a potential pediatrician about?

[19:04] – Dr. B explains that most of the parents he deals with are on the same page about vaccines, to his relief.

[19:47] – Will the pediatrician you choose automatically see the baby in the hospital after he or she is born?

[21:05] – How soon does Dr. B see the baby after they’re discharged home?

[24:18] – Nicole takes a bit of a detour and asks Dr. B about circumcision.

[26:04] – Dr. B explains that he does screening for postpartum depression at visits after birth for the first six months.

[28:14] – The most rewarding part of Dr. B’s work is getting to see parents over the first years of their babies’ lives.

[29:51] – What does Dr. B find most frustrating about his work?

[31:36] – Dr. B talks about what he’s particularly passionate about when it comes to caring for children.

[33:44] – What is the one piece of advice that Dr. B would give to soon-to-be parents?

[35:10] – Dr. B mentions the places where listeners can find him online.

[35:56] – With the interview portion over, Dr. B shares his thoughts on the conversation with Nicole.

When do you choose a pediatrician? What should you ask them? How do you know if it’s the right fit? @DrPhilBoucher answers all these questions and more. Click To Tweet

Links and Resources:

Dr. Phil Boucher on Instagram

@DrPhilBoucher on Twitter

@DrPhilBoucher on Facebook

Present and Productive Parents with Dr. Phil Boucher Group on Facebook

Dr. Phil Boucher


Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins

Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins on Instagram

Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins on Facebook

Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins on Twitter

All About Pregnancy & Birth Podcast with Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins

Questions to Ask BEFORE Choosing a Pediatrician

Picking a pediatrician can be hard. @DrPhilBoucher is here to make it easy. He chats with @drnicolerankins about when and how, as well as what to expect along the way. Click To Tweet


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