If you've never been a parent before, it's typical to feel clueless when you're face-to-face with your baby's pediatrician. And thanks to sleep deprivation, a steep learning curve, and the normal overwhelm that accompanies the newborn stage, trying to figure out what questions to ask a pediatrician at the one month visit is a substantial ask. I mean, weren't you just asking your OB-GYN and/or midwife about pregnancy?! How did this happen?!
I can tell you that, as a new mom, I felt embarrassed asking someone with a medical degree what I considered to be "stupid questions," like how to help my baby sleep through the night or if my baby's diaper rash was something more serious. I didn't want a physician judging my parenting choices, or thinking I was a dumb-dumb for not knowing the answers to what I thought were basic questions. Thankfully, the exact opposite turned out to be the case: my child's pediatrician was understanding, and provided me with a breadth of knowledge that helped me feel more confident when caring for my baby.
Romper spoke with Dr. Jessica Madden, MD, a pediatrician and neonatologist at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, and founder of Primrose Newborn Care — a newborn home visiting service — via email. Madden confirmed that when it comes to your newborn, there's absolutely no such thing as a stupid question, and advised new parents to to ask their baby's doctors