Chicagomom/dad filter: looking for an awesome pediatrician for our brand new guy. Got one you love, that you're willing to share?
Baby Jenkins, being a mere 9 days old, had his very first pediatric appointment today. It did not go well, and the doctor, the one my midwife recommended, will not be one to which we will ever EVER
This is our first babby, so we're not super hip on how to go about finding the Perfect Doctor. None of our friends have kids, so we don't have anyone to ask for recommendations. Yelp yields only three options in our area, and none of them look ideal on paper.
We're breastfeeding, cloth diapering, co-sleeping, and doing that whole attachment parenting thing, so ideally we're looking for a doctor that is supportive of these leanings, or at least has some experience with them. Today's doctor had never seen a cloth diaper before (?!?!), except "maybe when [she] was in India." (?!?!?!?) We're planning on a traditional vaccination schedule. Boy's circumcised.
We're using IL All Kids (yay for free state-provided insurance!), so any doctor we go to would have to accept that; I'd imagine most of them do.
So any recommendations (preferably near Wicker Park/Ukrainian Village/West Town)? Should I be looking for a straight pediatrician, or a family practice? Is it better to find one affiliated with/housed within a hospital, or a stand-alone, independent practice? Do I need to get a referral from Awful Doctor (or my midwife or something), or can I just make an appointment all on my own? Do I need to notify Awful Doctor that I'll never be returning, or is it cool to just never go back?
I've read and favorited this question
, but I am looking for info specific to Chicago.
TL;DR: Who's your pediatrician, Chicago MeFites, and can I share them with you?
I'll be paying attention to this thread (up all night with babby), and would be happy to provide additional info if needed. Thanks y'all!