Choosing Your Baby's Care Provider
Choosing a primary care provider for your baby is an important decision. You're picking the person who'll oversee your child's health for years to come. The relationship you, as a parent, have with the provider is just as crucial as the relationship the provider has with your baby.
It is best to choose a care provider at least 6 weeks before your baby is due. Beginning when your baby is born, this provider will coordinate well-baby visits, immunizations and general medical care. This person may be a pediatrician, family practice physician or nurse practitioner.
- Pediatricians are doctors who have special training in providing general medical care to babies and children under the age of 18.
- Family practice physicians are doctors who provide general medical care to family members of all ages, infants through adults. Some also provide obstetrical care, covering all stages of pregnancy, labor and delivery.
- Nurse practitioners are registered nurses with advanced training. Working under the direction of doctors, they provide health assessments and coordinate general medical care.
Use MyChart to Track Your Baby's Health Care Needs
All Providence Medical Group clinics offer patients free access to MyChart, giving you secure, online access to your health care team and medical record. Online appointments, secure chatting with your doctor and paying your bills are easily accomplished with MyChart.
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