Who you select
as a pediatrician is a very important decision. The birthing process
will be much less stressful if you know that your baby has someone
waiting to help you oversee his or her health and well-being starting
at birth. I encourage expecting parents to come in and meet
me and my staff for a free prenatal consultation. It means
a lot for parents to get the right energy or “vibe”
from the doctor, the staff, and the office. You will need to know
that you won’t have to wait too long, especially with your
newborn, and that your phone calls will be returned quickly, whether
it’s 3 p.m. or 3 a.m. And you won’t want to feel rushed,
especially during those first few visits. I expect and encourage
parents to bring a long list of questions.
It’s also crucial that you know that your doctor is a well-trained,
intelligent, and hard-working professional that will not miss
a developing illness. I am a big believer in allowing the body
to heal itself, and I welcome alternative or complementary therapies,
as long as they have been proven and don’t show any side
effects. But there are also cases when intervention is necessary.
In those situations, I explain in great detail the needs for intervention,
and my families are usually comforted and relieved to have me
on their team.
With regards to antibiotics, all medicines, and even vaccines,
I prefer the body to heal itself naturally. So when there is a
viral illness, even with a high fever,
I believe in providing symptomatic relief to your child and avoiding
antibiotics. But there are some very strong and powerful germs
out there, and babies can suffer and even die from bacterial meningitis,
pneumonia, and urinary tract infections that spread. So if the
situation requires it, I will strongly recommend the correct medication
Along those lines, we need to realize that vaccines are a major
method of disease prevention and have been enormously successful
in reducing and even eliminating diseases. I understand completely
the concerns that parents have regarding possible side effects
or links to other conditions such as autism. But when you look
at the double-blinded studies involving kids who did and didn’t
receive the vaccines, there just isn’t any link to autism.
Please see my full article on this subject here.
While I encourage my families to follow the standard
vaccination schedule, I will also work with families that
prefer to split or delay vaccines in an appropriate manner. I
will also work with families that refuse all vaccinations for
their child, something that many pediatricians won’t do.
The way I look at it, I would rather help a family in any way
possible rather than refuse to help at all.
Quality Care From Day One
I have a great
relationship with the local hospitals and midwives, and I will
be involved with your child’s health from day one, even
if I can’t physically be there at the delivery. You would
call my office and schedule an appointment
for the first week of life, ideally day four or five, but you
could also call me on day one if any question or medical issue
Our staff is friendly and flexible, and my colleagues are wonderful.
You’ll see me at all regularly scheduled visits, but if
you meet the other doctors for an occasional sick visit or speak
to them on the phone while they are on call, I know you’ll
be pleased with their care and compassion. Drs. Turner, Messinger,
and Aronov have also been practicing for more than a decade, and
they are intelligent and warm physicians that I am proud to call
forward to meeting parents-to-be at our prenatal consultations!
There is such a unique and amazing energy that surrounds an expecting
mom. I have worked with children since 1996, and yet it wasn’t
until I had my own children that I gained a whole new perspective.
Now in addition to providing you with my professional expertise
and the latest theories of infant growth and development, I can
share in your pure joy about becoming a parent—and empathize
with your sleep deprivation!