My husband and I have just moved about 1,500 miles away from our families so that he could take advantage of a job opportunity. Now I find that I am pregnant with our first baby. Even though it’s unplanned, we are thrilled and excited. I am also scared and missing my family. I looked in the phone book and found a gynecologist close by and I feel confident in her. Now I am concerned about finding a good pediatrician. I don’t want to leave this to chance. What’s a good way to look for someone that I can feel comfortable with?
Congratulations on your new baby! How very difficult it must be to you to be away from your family when you are expecting your very first baby, especially your Mom. I’m sure she would enjoy sharing all of the excitement with you. You will probably enjoy Skype so that you can share your pregnancy and new baby.
It’s important to have a network of friends to share things with and get feedback and support. Check out the local churches and other organizations to meet women in your age group. You could also check the Internet or community bulletin boards for groups where you can meet with other Moms. This would give you women who know the community and have had experience with pediatricians and other resources.
Your gynecologist is also someone who might be helpful in choosing a pediatrician, especially if she has children of her own.
Good luck to you and your husband.