How Do I Choose A Doctor For My Baby?
You can choose a pediatrician (a doctor who is specially trained to care for children) or a family practice doctor. Start by checking which doctors are on your insurance list. Whichever doctor you choose, ask about:
- his or her philosophy on breastfeeding, discipline and parenting
- how to contact him or her in the middle of the night
- whether the office has sick/well waiting areas or sick/well hours
Prenatal interviews are important!The doctor you choose is the person to whom you are entrusting your child's health care.
Get started early - you should choose a doctor for your baby by the 36th week of your pregnancy.
While you are in the hospital for the birth of your baby, your baby will be cared for by Highlands Pediatrics, 26210 Lee Highway, Abingdon, Va., 276-623-8100.
After discharge from the hospital, you may choose a physician for your child's care that may be the same as in the hospital or different. The pediatric physicians who work with Mountain States Health Alliance in the Southwest Virginia region include:
Abingdon Family Practice
617 Campus Drive, Abingdon, VA, 276-628-1186
26210 Lee Highway, Abingdon, VA, 276-623-8100
Magnolia Family Medicine
611 Campus Drive, Suite 200, Abingdon, VA, 276-676-1133
Mountain States Medical Group Pediatrics
344 Overlook Drive, Lebanon, VA, 276-889-0201
Family Physicians Marion
1020 Terrace Drive, Suite 200, Marion, VA, 276-783-7167
Mountain View Pediatrics
1020 Terrace Drive, Suite 101, Marion, VA, 276-783-2511
7601 W. Lee Highway, Rural Retreat, VA, 276-686-4225
Royal Oak Pediatrics
590 Radio Hill Road, Marion, VA, 276-783-8183
Smyth County Family Physicians
1046 Terrace Drive, Marion, VA, 276-783-8123