Choosing a Doctor for your Baby
||Choosing the right physician is one of the most important decisions you'll make as a parent. Studies show that you and your baby will likely visit the doctor's office at least 11 times in the first year.
Consider starting the selection process about three months before you're due so that you're not rushed. A good place to start is to ask family and friends for a recommendation. Neighbors with children and your own obstetrician are other reliable sources.
Currently there are 10 board-certified pediatricians and 13 family practice doctors on staff at CMH. It is important to find someone you are completely comfortable with.
A face-to-face meeting is suggested before you make your decision. The doctor should be warm, compassionate and open to your thoughts and feelings, and share similar views.
Be sure to ask about office hours, waiting times and which insurance plans are accepted.
You will also want to know who is available to answer questions and how phone calls are handled.
It's normal to feel overwhelmed about your new responsibilities as a parent. Calvert Memorial Hospital is here to help you from childbirth education to infant CPR and baby care basics. The more you learn, the more confident you'll feel about taking care of your newborn.