Visit a Pediatrician While Pregnant for Support Through New Parenthood and Beyond

Finding the right pediatrician lays the foundation for a trusting and supportive relationship between you, your child, and their doctor. At NHPP/Westchester Health, we recognize that the journey of building that relationship begins even before a child is born. Our pediatricians offer continuous support between pregnancy, new parenthood, and beyond. 

 

Alongside comprehensive support from obstetricians and gynecologists (OB/GYNs), our pediatric physicians offer prenatal visits for parents-to-be. If your current OB/GYN is within NHPP/Westchester Health, meeting with one of our pediatricians while pregnant can help you make an easy transition from pregnancy to infant care. 

 

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends all expecting parents visit a pediatrician during the third trimester of pregnancy. A prenatal pediatric visit helps parents establish trust with their future child’s doctor. Pediatricians also offer a wealth of information as expecting parents approach the challenges of new parenthood. 

 

The NHPP/Westchester Health pediatric offices are Cohen Children’s locations, which are affiliated with Cohen Children’s Medical Center – ranked New York’s #1 children’s hospital by U.S. News & World Report. With their high-ranking expertise and support, our Westchester-based pediatric providers can meet the unique care needs of all families who come in. At NHPP/Westchester Health pediatric offices, our doctors firmly believe that a strong parent-child-physician relationship is essential to a child’s health and a parents’ peace of mind. 

 

Meeting with a pediatrician before childbirth allows them to have a scope of what your child’s lifestyle, environment, and family history will look like. This can help them identify potential health needs and better evaluate your child’s growth and development as they age. Not to mention, your child will likely be more comfortable with a doctor they’ve known their entire life! 

 

While OB/GYNs prioritize the health of pregnant women and their babies-to-be, pediatricians provide a wealth of knowledge on newborn care. They can offer insight and advice on breastfeeding, sleeping, diapering, bathing, and more. They can also offer advice on under-recognized safety topics such as car seats and immunizations.  

 

Pediatricians specialize in child healthcare; however, many also provide support for parents’ well-being, and give advice on postpartum depression and introduce positive approaches to parenting. An important, and often overlooked, aspect of children’s well-being is their emotional health. By offering strategies to build, and maintain, strong parent-child bonds, pediatricians ensure that children are cared for emotionally, mentally, and physically. 

 

If you have a high-risk pregnancy, it may be especially helpful to visit a pediatrician as early as the second trimester. Women with high-risk pregnancies generally need more monitoring to ensure optimal health of themselves and their baby. With the help of OB/GYNs at NHPP/Westchester Health, pediatricians can assess what unique medical needs your child may need throughout their life. 

 

It is perfectly normal for expecting parents to feel overwhelmed as they approach labor and delivery, and our pediatricians are equipped with decades of experience to offer valuable insight and advice. They take the necessary time to effectively answer questions and concerns from parents-to-be. 

 

Consider meeting with a NHPP/Westchester Health pediatrician today for excellent, all-encompassing care for your growing child. For more information on how our pediatricians can support you during new parenthood, visit westchesterhealth.com/pediatrics/parents. If you’re interested in visiting one of our pediatric offices, we have convenient locations all throughout Westchester. Find one today on westchesterhealth.com/pediatrics/providers. 

by WHA-Admin