Before & After Baby is Born
If you would like to meet us in person before your baby is born, we’re happy to schedule a complimentary meet-and-greet visit. This is a great way to get to know your pediatrician and share any important prenatal information. You might also have a lot of questions. We’re here for you! Feel free to ask us about childbirth, circumcision, breastfeeding, belly buttons, or anything else.
If your baby is born at UW Medical Center-Northwest, your physician will come visit you and your new baby within the first 24 hours of life! *
Please let UW Medical Center-Northwest know who your pediatrician is when you’re admitted, and they will contact us after your baby is born.
If your baby is born at a different hospital, birth center, or at home, please call and let us know! We would like to see your baby in clinic in the first three days of life.
* PLEASE NOTE: All pediatrician visits to UW Medical Center-Northwest have been suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Childhood Preventative Care Schedule
Typically children see us on the following schedule:
- when they’re first born
- 2 weeks
- 1 month
- 2 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 9 months
- 12 months
- 15 months
- 18 months
- 2 years (24 months)
- 2 1/2 years (30 months)
- 3 years (36 months)
- each year after 3 until age 21.
Ages and Stages Questionnaires
Our physicians published a document to let new parents know what we look for at the 9-month, 18-month, and 30-month Well-Child Checkup. It’s called “Ages and Stages Developmental Screening Activities.” DOWNLOAD PDF NOW
Please feel free to call us at (206) 546-2421 any time you have a concern about your child’s health or development.
Adolescence and Beyond
As children reach adolescence they require a different approach to health care. We use the following guidelines to ensure the best care for your adolescent’s changing needs:
- Your adolescent completes a developmental/behavioral screening tool before seeing the physician. This form screens for learning, emotional, and behavioral problems so we can recommend interventions as early as possible.
- A member of the nursing staff brings your adolescent to the exam room for measurements and other information. You are welcome to accompany your child during this portion of the visit.
- With a physician present, you and your child will have a chance to discuss overall health and any other concerns.
- After this, we will recommend that you return to the waiting room to give your adolescent 1:1 time with the physician, in order to respect privacy, build trust, and encourage honest communication. You may return to the exam room for the end of the visit, if needed.
What the doctor discusses alone with your adolescent remains private unless he/she wishes to share the conversation with you, or the doctor feels the health of your adolescent or someone else is in danger.
We will let your adolescent is made aware what concerns are discussed together. We always encourage both adolescents and their caregivers to call our office with any questions.
A chaperone or family member present for the exam can be requested.
We will continue to discuss your adolescent’s health, ensure your understanding of our plans, and encourage your support and participation.
We are happy to provide a medical home for your adolescent through college and assist with the transitioning to an adult health care provider.
Special Provisions for Minors Under Washington Law
Under Washington law, minors, with or without the consent of a parent or guardian, may consent to services for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of certain illnesses, including: sexually transmitted diseases and other diseases that must be reported to the State; pregnancy; abuse of drugs or alcohol; and emotional disturbance.
Visit our Community Resources for links to information about teen health. Also, know that we are here for you to answer any questions about this time of transition and connect you with resources as needed.