Choosing a Provider for Your Baby

Dr. Schillhammer, Family Medicine with baby

If you haven’t chosen a provider for your baby, please ask your obstetrician or midwife. You can also call our Find a Doctor line at 360-848-5555 to find the right Pediatrician or Family Medicine provider. We encourage you to reach out to friends and neighbors for recommendations as well. A prenatal visit during the pregnancy is suggested to find the right provider for your baby. Both parents should attend.

When selecting a provider to care for your baby, remember you are selecting someone who will probably be caring for your baby well into the teen years. The provider will usually outline a schedule for you on all well-baby visits and immunizations needed. When choosing your provider they may also ask for a detailed family medical history.

Take this time to discuss your concerns, anxieties and expectations on becoming parents. You may wish to take the time to discuss:

  • Breastfeeding versus formula
  • Circumcision
  • How to reach the doctor after hours if your child is ill
  • Office hours and fees
  • Timing and frequency of office visits and immunizations
  • Preparing older children for the baby
  • Recommended books and community resources
  • Becoming parents