Having a First Baby?
Here are some things to consider when choosing a medical home for your newborn:
Please read Are we a good fit for you?. Excellent care happens when the physicians and office staff are aligned with your family priorities and philosophies regarding medical care (i.e. vaccines, use of antibiotics, office hours, etc.)
Check to see if we are a participating provider under your insurance. Click here for a list of insurances that we accept.
Call our office as soon as possible once you have decided to enroll with us. You will be asked to provide insurance information for BOTH parents, regardless of marital status, and regardless of which parent’s plan the baby will be added to. It is important that we hear from you before baby is born to make sure that there are no potential insurance issues. During this initial call, our staff will ask you for some other information about your baby’s upcoming birth, and answer any questions you may have about our practice. At this time, if you'd like, you can schedule an appointment for a prenatal visit, where you can meet with one of our doctors, have your questions about the practice answered, and get a feel for the office. However, a prenatal visit is NOT required to enroll with us.
Once you have enrolled with us, inform your obstetrician that you have selected JDC Pediatrics for your baby's pediatric care. If you deliver at UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg or Geisinger Holy Spirit, the hospital will contact us and one of our physicians will see your baby in the hospital, usually on the morning following your baby's birth.
If you deliver at another hospital (other than the two listed above), the hospital's staff pediatrician will see your baby and then direct you to call our office and schedule an appointment upon discharge. New babies may need to be seen in our office within a few days of discharge – the physician will let you know. Please make sure before you leave the hospital that you request that your baby's records be sent to JDC Pediatrics, and complete any necessary paperwork to make sure this happens.
Important note for parents: It is extremely important that you add your new baby to your health insurance policy once your baby is born. Most insurance plans have a 30 day grace period for newborns to be added. Once the grace period has expired, if the baby has not been added, the parent will be responsible for charges incurred. Please remember to bring your insurance card, copay, and patient forms to your first visit.