How to find a pediatrician you like and trust.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers referrals to certified practitioners on its website. Certification by the AAP means that the doctor has graduated from an accredited medical school, completed an accredited residency program, and passed the board exam in pediatrics.
You can ask your obstetrician or midwife for recommendations, for starters. Hospitals, insurance companies, and medical schools also provide referrals to doctors.
Keep in mind — especially if you tend to feel intimidated by doctors, that you'll be hiring this person as a professional to provide care for your baby. Arrive with specific questions about the topics that are most important to you.
Talk to the doctor about your concerns. As uncomfortable as it may feel, if the problem can't be resolved or your worries aren't addressed, don't hesitate to change doctors. You need to have a doctor you can count on and communicate with when it comes to your baby's health.