Choosing a Pediatrician
Congratulations on your exciting news, and thank you for visiting The Carithers Pediatric Group’s website!
Having a baby is one of the most rewarding experiences in your life. At Carithers Pediatrics we are committed to keeping your baby happy and healthy. Our family of pediatricians and nurse practitioners provide the quality of care your child needs and the advice and counsel you want. We would be honored to welcome your family into The Carithers Pediatric Group.
We’d love to meet you before your baby arrives to answer any questions you may have about our practice, the care your little one will receive here, as well as general questions about what to expect when your baby is born. We know how hard it can be being expecting parents trying to prepare for the arrival of your child. We offer an Expectant Parent Class the first Thursday of every month at both our Riverside and Southside office locations from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. Please call (904) 387-6200 to reserve a seat. If you cannot attend the class, please call us to set up a pre-delivery visit. You will have the opportunity to meet with one of our pediatricians, learn about our office and services and to discuss any questions or concerns regarding your newborn. You are not required to attend an Expectant Parent Class for your child to become a patient at Carithers Pediatrics.
Things for Expecting Parents to Think About
When you go to the hospital on delivery day, the hospital staff will ask you who you’ve chosen as your pediatrician; let them know you have selected our group. If you deliver at one of the four hospitals where our pediatricians round in the newborn nurseries, we will visit you and your new baby within the first 24 hours of life. Even if you deliver elsewhere, we will gladly accept your child as a patient.
In accordance with the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics, we like to have your baby’s first check-up about 2 to 3 days after you get home from the hospital. This visit is crucial for the evaluation of feeding progress, hydration, and management of expected weight loss. Most parents find this visit to be a reassuring one for all.
For newborns, you have thirty days to enroll your child under your health insurance policy.
Please feel free to contact us at (904) 387-6200 with any questions. We look forward to welcoming you as part of our practice!
Please click here to view our Instructions For Newborn Care booklet.