Finding a Pediatrician for Your Twins

Most parents spend a lot of time making trips to the doctor when their children are young. When you have twins or more, you can expect to make even more trips in the early years. That's why finding a good pediatrician for your twins is critical.

If you already have children, you may feel comfortable sending your twins to your current pediatrician. But if you are a first-time parent, you may need a little help finding the right pediatrician for your babies.

Here are a few tips for finding a pediatrician for twins or more:

Plan to find a pediatrician early in your second trimester - In general, experts recommend finding a pediatrician four months before your expected delivery. When expecting twins or more, you may want to begin your search earlier in the event you are placed on bed rest or deliver the babies prematurely.

Finding prospective pediatricians - Ask family and friends with small children or your doctor for recommendations. You may also want to ask your local Mothers of Multiples club to find pediatricians who have experience with twins or multiples. They may be better qualified to provide you with advice based on treating other multiples. The American Academy of Pediatrics can also provide a list of doctors in your area.

Narrow your list - Once you have a list of several pediatricians, you will want to narrow your list down to the top two or three. The first way to do so is to find out if the practice accepts your medical insurance. You also need to make sure they are accepting new patients.

You can also ask the people who referred you to the doctor some questions to help determine compatibility. While your friend may like a particular pediatrician's style, it may not suit you. Asking questions about their experience can help narrow your list and save you time.

Interview your top prospects - Most pediatricians are open to meeting face-to-face with future parents to discuss their philosophy and the way their office operates. It gives you a chance to assess your compatibility, check out of the facilities and ask the doctor questions.

Bring a notebook and pen to take notes, as well as a list of questions to ask the pediatrician. Check out our list of interview questions to ask a pediatrician to help get you started. You'll also want to take note if the facility is twin-friendly (i.e., can you easily maneuver a double stroller in the waiting room, are the exam rooms large enough to accommodate twins for check-ups?, etc. )

Trust Your Instincts - Even if everything looks good on paper, you should trust your instincts when meeting with prospective pediatricians.

You want to find a pediatrician who is open to building a solid relationship based on mutual trust and respect. You should feel comfortable. After all, you will be spending a lot of time together in the coming years!