Why You Must Learn To Be Assertive As A New Parent

Dr. Purushothaman
October 1, 2013

One of the most difficult things you will face as a new parent is trying to learn everything you need to know about your new baby, in a short period of time. This can be quite intimidating, and as a father myself, I was in this boat as well. However, there is plenty of help for you online and countless books you can read to help educate you about the development of babies. You will find that the time you take to educate yourself about your newborn will pay off tenfold in the future. Not only will it help you to diagnose potential problems with your baby, but in many cases you may find that the more educated you are about your baby, the more assertive you will be with your doctor. Trust me when I tell you, this is extremely important as not all doctors are created equally.

When my daughter was first born, my wife and I had a list of questions that we wanted to ask our physician about our newborn. I was quite disappointed when we went for the first visit and this doctor was really quite stern with us. He didn't seem to have the patience to answer many of our questions and even made my wife and I feel as if the questions we were asking were quite silly. When he made a very sarcastic remark to my wife, I had heard enough and told the doctor that we were going to be finding a new physician. Instead of becoming apologetic, he simply walked out of the room without saying a word. You could literally feel the arrogance leaving the room with him!

My wife and I found a wonderful doctor after that who was very accommodating to all of the questions we had, no matter how trivial they seemed. We were extremely grateful to have found such a patient and caring pediatrician and that we had the courage to stand up to the other doctor. This is why I would encourage you to never allow a doctor to talk down to you and to continue to educate yourself about your baby. This will allow you to feel comfortable asking the questions you want answers to, and to never be intimidated by a doctor. If you ever feel that a pediatrician is not treating you with respect, never be afraid to change doctors, as there are plenty of good ones out there.


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