Choosing a Pediatrician for Your Delivery at Prentice

When you register for your labor and delivery at Prentice, you must choose a Northwestern Memorial Hospital pediatrician to admit your baby to the hospital. During your stay at Prentice, the NMH pediatrician will examine your baby before he/she is admitted and care for them until it's time to go home.

Please note: The pediatrician who cares for your baby in the hospital does not have to be the same pediatrician who follows your baby after you leave Prentice.

Choosing a Pediatrician for Routine Visits

Choosing the right pediatrician for your baby is an important decision. You'll be visiting the doctor's office frequently in the first year for routine well-baby visits. Making a decision well before your labor and delivery allows for an informed, well-considered choice. It's a good idea to start compiling a list of candidates about four months before your due date. Below are some tips on how to choose the right pediatrician for you and your baby.

How to Choose a Pediatrician:

  • Ask your obstetrician or midwife for a recommendation
  • Talk to friends, family, and co-workers about who they would recommend
  • Consider the location of the pediatrician’s office. Is it close to home or work? Is it accessible by public transportation? Do they offer parking if you drive?
  • Inquire about weekday and weekend office hours and if they accept walk-ins.
  • Make sure to inquire about insurance and whether they accept yours.

Learn more about our pediatricians clinical interests, insurances accepted, locations, and hours of operation.