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Choosing a pediatrician for your newborn twins: Questions to ask pediatricians
One of the many things you will need to prepare for twins is to select and choose a pediatrician.
But how do you find a pediatrician for your twins when you have no idea where to start, what questions you need to ask, and what you need to look for?
Finding a provider can be a hard task. Because as a mom you want the best of the best to be in charge of your twin’s care.
For that reason, this post is all about giving you the tips to help you find a pediatrician as well as some tricks to guide you into choosing the right one for you and your twins.
I even added some interview questions you can use to ask them if you’re feeling stuck or have no idea where to begin.
This won’t be easy and is an added thing to do while pregnant with twins but just know that you will find the right one!
They won’t be perfect because who is? But you will at least be at peace with your choice.
What type of doctors are there?
Depending on where you live you might have access to different types of doctors with different specialties.
When it comes to choosing a doctor for your twins you can either choose a family Practioner or a pediatrician.
Like the name says it is a type of doctor that can treat people of all ages. They’re also known as general practitioners.
Depending on where you live they might be more common.
In more rural areas in which there is not a lot of access to special medicine, you will have a GP treating everyone.
If you already go to a GP and like them then consider taking your twins to them too.
Like the name says it they are specialized in taking care of children. This is the most common route of selecting a doctor for babies.
You want the best for your twin’s so why not select a doctor that strictly takes care of children.
How to select a pediatrician for your twins
Below we are going to discuss some of the things to keep in mind as well as questions to ask before choosing a pediatrician for your twins.
If you don’t want to pay the out-of-network co-pays and deductibles then focus your search on pediatricians that are within the network.
Out-of-network deductibles can get pretty expensive.
The best way to know if a doctor is in the network is to call your insurance company.
Some insurance companies even offer an online area in which you can search for providers that are within the network.
So start there.
The first year with newborn twins is going to be filled with lots and lots of doctor’s appointments.
You want to find a doctor that’s within a short distance to your house.
Nothing worse than dealing with sick twins to find yourself stuck in traffic and driving across town to a doctor’s appointment.
Try to find a doctor within 15 minutes from your house. The faster you can get there the better.
Stick to the one you have already
Have other kids? Love their doctor? Then stick with what you know.
Why fix whatever is not broken. Remember the grass is not always greener on the other side.
If you already love the current pediatrician then have them also take care of your twins.
Unless you move or that doctor leaves the practice then continue going to them.
Ask friends and/or family
Your friends and family know you well.
Find out where they take their children, ask how is their relationship with their provider if they like them, and so on.
They will give you the good, the bad, and the reality.
Does the provider you’re considering has taking care of twins before
This is the 21st century and at this point, I’m sure most doctors’ offices have come in contact with twins.
But is better to be safe than sorry. There is certain uniqueness that comes with having twins such as:
Being born prematurely, feeding issues, etc.
You want to make sure that the provider is aware of those issues and know how to treat your unique situation.
Go online and GOOGLE the provider. What do other parents have to say about them?
Yes at times reviews can be skew and you might need to try it for yourself. But it could give you an idea of what to expect.
Maybe is not the doctor that’s an issue maybe is the office staff?
Reviews give you an overall picture of the doctor and also the facility.
Read them with caution… But look for patterns.
If the same people are bringing up the same issues then it might be true.
Besides being board-certified does the provider has any extra certifications and/or licenses.
This might not be a big deal but is good to know.
Especially if they have certifications like breastfeeding, sleep, asthma, diabetes, etc.
It’s great to know that your pediatrician knows even more about that subject and can provide you extra guidance and resources.
Questions to ask potential pediatrician of twins
Now that you have narrow down your choice is time to go into interview mode.
You need to come up with a list of interview questions for potential pediatricians for your twins.
Below is a list of questions to help you get your creativity going.
Once you have that list call the office and schedule either an in-person consultation, virtual or over-the-phone visit.
Interview questions for pediatrician of twins
- How long have you been a provider?
- What’s your philsophy on standard of care?
- What do you loved most about your job?
- What do you love the least about your job?
- Would I only see you?
- What happens if you’re not available? If you go out of town?
- Why did you choose to become a pediatrician?
- How long have you worked in this specific facility?
- What extra certifications do you have?
- Have you taken care of twins before?
- Preemie experience?
- Can you bring both babies to appoinment? OR can they only see one at a time?
Feeding and sleep questions
- Do you support breastfeeding?
- Do you offer breastfeeding help? Extra resources?
- What about formula feeding?
- Do you have a preference of formula?
- Do you need me to keep track of feedings?
- How often should I be feeding the twins?
- How many diapers? Wet? Poop?
- How do I know if feeding is going ok?
- When do you recommend start feeding solids?
- What solid foods to offer first?
- Are you in favor of sleep training? When to start?
- At what point can babies sleep longer?
- Do you believe in strict schedules?
- When should I begin a schedule?
- What are the office hours?
- Are you guys open on weekends?
- Do you have same day sick appointments?
- Do you have an after hours line?
- What about a nurse line?
- Is there an appointment cancellation policy?
- How far in advance can I schedule appointments?
- Typical wait time?
- What’s the referal process?
Things to ask yourself after interview
- What were your first impressions from staff and pediatrician?
- Were they nice? Friendly?
- Is the place clean? Organize?
- Do you share similar views on important topics such as feeding, sleeping, care, etc?
- Do they have a great system in place for reaching them after hours?
- Is it close to your house?
- What’s your overall impression of the place?
- Pros and cons?
Really think about the questions you asked and the answers you received.
Do you feel that they answered all of your questions to the best of their abilities?
Ask yourself how do you feel after the interview? Listen to that gut feeling.
If you feel happy and relieved then go for it.
If you still have doubts and unanswered questions then maybe you need to consider other options.
But do try and make a decision sooner rather than later.
Remember some hospitals won’t let you leave without having a pediatrician selected.
Keep in mind that nobody is perfect so you will need to compromise on certain things. Every place has pros and cons.
Last words for finding a pediatrician for your newborn twins
Focus on selecting a pediatrician first then come up with a list of possible questions you might want to know about the doctor or the office.
Then think about the responses and make a selection sooner rather than later.
Remember twins can be born earlier than singletons so is best to be ready earlier.
Keep in mind that nothing in life is perfect and every place has pros and cons.
You might need to compromise on certain things.
But try to figure out what are must-haves in a pediatrician and narrow down your choices based on that.
Lastly, listen to your twin mama’s gut feeling, this is a thing and is a thing for a reason.
In the end, only you know what’s best for you and your twins.
I would love to hear about your experiences in selecting a pediatrician. Good and bad drop a comment below.