We already know we're going to go with a doctor at Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital in Stevens Point, but we're not sure what kind of doctor we're going to choose for our baby. I'm sure you immediately think, "Well, a pediatrician of course." But we're not sure if we're going to find a pediatrician for our baby or if we're going to find a family medicine clinician.
When I was growing up my mom took us kids to a pediatrician, but mom had all her medical issues handled through her OB/GYN and my dad didn't see a doctor for anything unless it was an emergency. That worked out fine when I was small, but when I got too old to see the pediatrician, but too young for the gynecologist I had no idea who to see when I was sick or needed a checkup.
Right now my regular doctor is my gynecologist and they can handle lots of different health related issues outside of their department so it works out fine. Josh doesn't have a doctor (because his moved his practice) and baby doesn't have a doctor so we're trying to decide if we should get a family doctor instead of a pediatrician. Family doctors can take care of everything from yearly pelvic exams for me to treating our baby's ear infection. Pediatricians of course focus on kids and kids only so are probably more kid friendly and are more well versed in childhood ailments.
I know that any doctor we choose will be wonderful, but we really need to decide soon.
Do you think we should go with a family practice doctor or a pediatrician? Why?
Do you have a doctor at Ministry Saint Michael's that you'd recommend either family practice or pediatrician?