I log on to choose one. The girls' doctor is not showing up. Ok, maybe it's because she's not taking new patients. I should be able to call and let the insurance know we're already her patients, right?
"Would you like me to search for another doctor?" the lady asks.
What? No, I want my doctor. I don't want a new one that I might not like as much. Minor panic. I say I'll research and decide another time. Narrowed it down to three options and was going to call them with a list of questions.
But first...guess I should call and cancel Miss Em's next appointment and see what my doctor thought of my options. Shortly realized that this should have been the first call I made. The receptionist assured me they would be accepting one of my insurance options soon and I should call back to get the number for my insurance. I still need to do that. Slacker.
Still, it got me thinking. With Miss O I got really, really lucky...I hadn't really considered my parenting "style" at that point. I based my choice of doctor on my insurance provider and how close it was. We ended up with a really great doctor. She's easy going and willing to work with me when I want to change things up.
Knowing where I fit now, somewhere on the looser end of attachment parenting, this is what I would ask a new doctor (of course there may be follow ups based on answers):
- Are you supportive of families that cosleep?
- What would you recommend for babies that cry when put to bed at night? Toddlers that wake at night?
- How do you recommend dealing with a tantrum?
- What are your thoughts on babywearing?
- Do you feel babies should be fed/sleep on a schedule? Wean by a certain time?
- How do you feel about alternative medicine?
- Are you supportive of families that choose to delay or not vaccinate?
- Do you have separate sick and well waiting rooms?
- What is the scheduled time length between appointments?
- How long do patients typically wait?
- How long do you typically spend in the exam room?
What questions did/would you have for your new doctor?