You are embarking on one of the most rewarding journeys of your life. First-time parents are our specialty! Gwinnett Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine (GPAM) is here to help you every step of the way.
Choosing a pediatrician is a very important decision. We encourage you to join us at one of our virtual New Parent Classes so that we may introduce you to our practice and help address any questions you may have. The class will last about an hour. We will acquaint you with our care philosophy, review our office procedures, go over what to expect during your hospital stay, and help you prepare for the arrival of your new child. Come see what GPAM has to offer!
Once you have chosen us as your pediatrician, you do not need to contact our office. Make sure we are on your insurance plan. We encourage you to schedule an appointment in our office within 2-3 days of discharge from the hospital.
Call 770-995-0823 to schedule your newborn visit.
What to bring to your first visit?
- A parent/guardian’s photo ID
- Your child’s insurance card (or mom’s if you have a newborn)
- Discharge paperwork/summary from the hospital
- The green slip from the state newborn metabolic screen given to you at the hospital
- Complete your mobile pre-registration before arriving to your appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions from Expectant Parents:
When will my child be seen in the hospital?
The hospital neonatologist will see your baby in the hospital. Let the hospital know that you have selected Gwinnett Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine as your pediatrician. We will see your baby in the office within the first three days after discharge from the hospital for a complete head-to-toe checkup. Please call for an appointment as soon as you get settled at home. If you deliver at Gwinnett Medical Center you will choose Gwinnett Pediatrics on the admission form. If you deliver at Northside Hospital you will also choose Gwinnett Pediatrics. Northside pediatrician preference forms can be found here in English and in Spanish.
What should my baby have done prior to leaving the hospital?
Your baby should have an injection of Vitamin K to prevent bleeding, erythromycin eye gel and Hepatitis B vaccine to prevent infection, a newborn hearing screen to detect any hearing abnormalities, and a state newborn metabolic screen is done at 24-48 hours to detect metabolic and genetic conditions that may need early treatment. All of these procedures are important. All newborns must receive Vitamin K injection and have their state metabolic screen done prior to their first appointment at GPAM.
Are your pediatricians “Board Certified” and what does that mean?
Yes! All the pediatricians at GPAM are certified by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). The ABP is an independent, nonprofit organization whose certificate is recognized throughout the world as a credential signifying a high level of physician competence. To achieve board certification, pediatricians must graduate from an accredited medical school, complete 3 years of training in an accredited pediatric residency program, successfully complete a comprehensive written board exam, and possess a valid unrestricted state license to practice medicine. In addition to this, board-certified pediatricians must maintain their certification with continuing medical education and successful renewal of their board examinations.
Do you recommend any books for a first-time parent?
Yes! Please check out our online bookstore for our doctors’ favorite books on parenting, certain illnesses, and everything in between. A great book to start with is Your Child’s Health by Barton Schmidt, MD.
Any advice on breastfeeding and storing breast milk before my first visit?
Deciding whether to breast or bottle-feed is a personal decision for every mother. The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages breastfeeding for the first year. Please see our nutrition guide for the first year for helpful breastfeeding tips. Also, check out this video brought to you by Sophia Sarris RN BSN IBCLC from Wonder love lactation services and Gwinnett Pediatrics.
Do you have advice on what kind of bed to buy?
Regardless of which crib you choose, the most important thing is to provide a safe sleep environment for your baby to reduce the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep. Make sure your crib meets federal safety standards. Find out more here.
What Kind of Car Seat should we purchase?
Always use a car seat to keep your child safe while riding in the car. All infants should be placed in a rear-facing car seat in the back seat of your car. There are so many choices in today's marketplace that it can be overwhelming. Healthychildren.org has a great overview here. Fortunately, there are great options to fit any budget.