Selecting a medical practitioner to advise, care and treat you can be hard and this can be even more so when choosing one for your baby. You may find that there are so many registered and qualified paediatricians and gynaecologists available in your city that it can sometimes be overwhelming to pick the perfect one. So what are the factors that you must consider before making your decision? How would you know if your choice is right? Read on and find out what are some of the important things you must consider when shopping for doctors for yourself and your little one.
Mission: not so impossible
Most women would already have a gynaecologist even before thinking of getting pregnant and will usually stay with that doctor throughout their pregnancies until they conceive. As for paediatricians, most couples would begin their search for the perfect one and reach their decision only a month or two before the big day. Nevertheless, regardless of your situation at the moment and no matter if you are looking for a paediatrician or a gynaecologist, the fundamentals of selecting one are very similar.
Recommendations by friends and family
Like wanting to try out a new restaurant or relocating to another city, there is power in word-of-mouth and testimonials. Recommendations by close friends and loved ones as well as by people whom you trust, who have had personal experiences with the practitioner’s services weighs more impact on the credibility and efficiency of that particular doctor. Therefore, pay a visit to them and ask them if they know of or are seeing a qualified and efficient gynaecologist or paediatrician.
The gender question
When searching for a paediatrician, the gender factor may not play as important a role as when selecting a gynaecologist. Some women would prefer and be more comfortable with a female gynaecologist than a male one and some the other way around. The best thing to do is ask yourself how you feel about discussing your health issues with either gender before deciding.
It would also be a good idea to walk into the clinic to have a discussion with the doctor. It is only by interaction that you would be able to see if you are reassured of the doctor’s responsiveness, alertness and sensitivity to you or your baby’s needs. Check to see if the doctor really listens to what you are saying, speaks to you politely and honestly as well as able to reassure you with accurate answers to your questions.
A doctor who always has a genuine smile ready for his or her patients would put them very much at ease. This is another factor that you should consider when selecting a paediatrician. It may not be such an issue when baby is still very young, but it would be much easier to communicate with baby when he or she reaches the toddler stage.
Sometimes, you may not be able to find the perfect paediatrician or gynaecologist on your first try. As such, you may be required to consult several doctors before you discover one who is suitable for you and your situation. Regardless, one of the most important things in building a successful patient-doctor relationship is its trust level. You need to be able to feel confident and reassured of your doctor’s advice and recommendations for treatments and/or the prescription of medication for you or baby. In short, choose a doctor whom you trust.
When selecting a doctor, do not immediately go to the one whose clinic or practice has a long waiting list or is packed all the time. Although that is a good indication of the doctor’s capabilities, it will not necessarily be the best choice for you. Extremely busy doctors are sometimes unable to give you 100% attention at all times. With too many patients to attend to, he or she would need to keep the consultation sessions brief. Should you or baby have a more serious health issue that requires further investigation, the condition may be left undetected and undiagnosed. Therefore, select a qualified paediatrician or gynaecologist who is able to give you his or her full attention at all times.
This is also an important element in selecting your doctor. You would not want a doctor who is rough to handle either you or baby during consultation. Gentle and soothing conduct make much better alternatives. Furthermore, you will be able to relax, knowing you are in safe and kind hands.
Informed and in the know
With so many breakthroughs and discovery within the medical sector, you would want to select a doctor that constantly keeps abreast of the latest technology, treatment and even medication in his field. That way, his patients will also benefit from procedures that can be more effective. Besides that, it is also a good indication if the doctor is in touch with the sentiments of other parents or patients. This shows that he or she listens and takes into account any issues that may be worrying the patients and is working towards solving those issues.
The perfect paediatrician or gynaecologist awaits
With these eight factors in mind, you will not go far wrong in selecting the perfect doctor for you and/or baby. Be sure to give yourself ample time to search for one that meets your standards. Always bear in mind that your health and that of your baby is far more important than the time and effort it will take in this search. Now, roll up your sleeves and start looking today!