Yesterday we went for our first consultation with a pediatrician's office. This practice came recommended by a girl I met at a JL meeting (the same one who had the newborn that I couldn't take my eyes off), and one of the pediatricians in the practice is voted one of Atlanta's top 10. It's not too far from our house, which is another plus.
I'm not really sure what we are looking for in a pediatrician, so it's hard to form a strong opinion. I liked that they have totally separate waiting areas for sick and well kids, they have a number you can call after hours to get advice or ask questions, during the school year they offer sick appointments on Saturdays, and the staff seemed friendly. The parts that weren't impressive were the building looks dated and the more important one is that the doctors do not have privileges at the children's hospital. This means that should she need to be hospitalized, we would have to see some other doctor during our stay.
Recently I heard about alternative schedules for childhood vaccines. Aaron and I thought the only decision to make was immunize or not, and we definitely agreed that immunizing was the choice for us. This idea of an alternative schedule to reduce side effects is new to me, so I haven't had a chance to do much research. I did mention it to the nurse who met with us and she acknowledged that more parents are starting to request this and they would be willing to work with us on this. That seems to show some flexibility on their part, which might be a good thing.
Next week we go for another consultation at a practice that came recommended by a friend from church, so hopefully the comparison will help us make up our mind. There are other practices out there too, these were just the 2 that came recommended.