Choosing a doctor for you and your family is a very important decision. Be sure to explore all your options and make a decision that best meets the needs of your new family. You will need to choose a physician for both you and your baby. There are two main types of doctors you should look for.
- a physician who is specially trained to provide medical and surgical care to women, spending four years after medical school in a residency studying pregnancy, reproduction and female medical /surgical problems.
- Pediatrician or family practice doctor
- Pediatrician - physician specialist focused on the physical, emotional, and social health of children from birth through adolescence, with the primary focus on preventive health care. They spend three years in a pediatric residency program.
- Family Practice - must complete 3 years of residency after medical school. They train in pediatrics and several other areas such as internal medicine, orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology. Because they train in many areas, family physicians are qualified to care for patients of all ages; therefore the whole family would be able to see the same doctor from birth through adulthood.
During admission, you will be asked to provide the name of your pediatrician or family practice doctor so we can notify him or her as soon as your baby is born. If your pediatrician or family practice physician is not on staff at Condell Medical Center, your new baby will be cared for by an on-call pediatrician during your stay. Prior to discharge, we will need the name and phone number of the pediatrician or family practice physician you will use for follow-up care.
For your convince you can search for doctors on staff at Advocate Condell Medical Center by clicking the specialty you would like to search on above or by calling 1.800.3.ADVOCATE (1.800.323.8622).