Preparing for a baby on the way is an exciting process. While you are shopping for baby clothes and a crib, don’t forget to find a pediatrician. A pediatrician is the primary care physician for babies and children. This doctor plays a critical role in the wellbeing of a child from the time they are born to early adulthood. From monitoring growth and development to administering vaccines, pediatricians are very important experts in every child’s life. As such, it’s important to select a pediatrician who is not only board-certified but also experienced and skilled at caring for babies and children of all ages.
When you are about to have a baby, you should select a pediatrician. This specialist will be with you from the time your baby comes into the world. So, does your pediatrician have to work with your delivery team? Not necessarily.
While your pediatrician can be with you when you deliver your baby, it isn’t always necessary. The delivery team will include your obstetrician (who you will be seeing throughout your pregnancy) and nurses who are trained and experienced in delivering babies. A pediatrician is not such an expert. While a pediatrician can take care of your baby when it is born, they cannot deliver a baby. The delivery team can deliver your baby and care for it in the first few days of their life. The nurses and doctors will know how to care for the newborn and check for signs of complications or problems right away. If something comes up, your pediatrician will need to be informed.
Therefore, is very helpful if your pediatrician is part of the medical group that your delivery team is a part of. An example of this would be if the pediatrician is part of the same hospital as the delivery team. This ensures a seamless and quick transfer of information and easy access for the pediatrician to see your newborn immediately after it’s born (if necessary). This is particularly useful for babies that are born with complications or during high-risk pregnancies that could potentially affect the baby’s health.
Being a part of the same hospital group lets the pediatrician not only have access to see you and your baby in the hospital, it also makes less legwork for you. You won’t have to worry about making calls and visits to the delivery team’s facility to transfer your records over to the pediatrician. Because they are part of the same hospital, they will have experience working with each other and have a system of communication in place.
So, as you embark on preparing for your new baby, take these factors into consideration when choosing a pediatrician and delivery team. Your decision can make your delivery and the care for your newborn better and without issues.
Pediatricians and Obstetricians in Wayne County, Ohio
Wooster Community Hospital serves the residents of Wayne County, Ohio, and offers a wide range of services to patients, including, obstetrics and pediatrics. You get all the healthcare needs for you and your baby in one place.
To learn more, call (303) 202-5548.