At Cooper, we believe in family-centered health care, an approach to the planning, delivery and evaluation of care that is grounded in a mutually beneficial partnership among the family, patient and doctor. We listen to and honor your family's perspectives and choices.
Our general pediatricians offer preventive and primary care for infants and children. We diagnose and treat illnesses in all children from birth to 18 years of age while counseling parents on how to be active participants in their child's health care. Working in partnership with our pediatric specialists at The Children's Regional Hospital at Cooper, we also provide pediatric care for children with chronic diseases or special health needs.
Putting You and Your Child’s Health First Is
If you have put off seeing your child’s pediatrician due to COVID-19, or are looking for a new pediatrician, now is the perfect time to schedule an appointment.
Cooper has taken a number of steps to safeguard your pediatric in-person visits:
- As always, we follow all CDC guidelines for rigorous cleaning and disinfection practices at all of our locations.
- We are screening everyone who enters our buildings.
- Parents and children ages 2 and older must wear a mask. If you don’t have a mask, we will give you one to wear.
- All Cooper employees are wearing masks – with smiles behind them.
- We have reduced the number of seats in our waiting rooms and are limiting one caregiver to accompany their child.
- For certain visits, you will be able to wait in your car and our staff will call when your room is ready.
- We have removed all magazines and brochures from our waiting areas to reduce contact areas and the spreading of germs.
- We are installing plexiglass dividers at our reception desks to protect you and your child.
- Because washing your hands is the easiest way to stay healthy, we have plenty of hand sanitizing stations located throughout our buildings.
In the video above, Dr. April Douglass-Bright, Division Head of General Pediatrics, explains why it’s not necessary to put your health or your child’s health on hold. This virtual tour through one of our offices illustrates the safety measures we’ve taken across our health system to put Your Health First.
Simply put, it is safe to visit your pediatrician. Let our team provide you and your child with the comprehensive and compassionate care you have come to expect from the leading academic health system in South Jersey.
How to Choose a Pediatrician
If you are expecting your first child, we recommend beginning to search for a pediatrician in the final months of pregnancy to give ample time to meet with them prior to the arrival of your baby. If you are new to the area, begin your search shortly after you move into your new home so that you can make a choice before a problem presents itself.
When choosing a pediatrician, a good place to start is by asking trusted friends and family for a recommendation. Other sources you might consider are your obstetrician or primary care provider.
It is most important that you find a pediatrician who you feel completely comfortable with. You should feel that they are warm and compassionate. As a new patient, you should be able to ask them anything, no matter how trivial it may seem.
You may consider asking some or all of the following questions to help you to make a selection:
- Is the pediatrician board certified?
- What type of continuing education do they use?
- What are the doctor’s office hours?
- How do I reach the pediatrician after hours?
- Does the office accept my insurance?
Services Performed by Pediatricians
- Preventive care
- Health maintenance
- Sick visits
- Introductions to pediatricians and tours for expecting moms
- Consultation for community pediatricians and family practitioners
- Failure To Thrive Program
- Shape Down Program
Advocates for Children and Families
In their role as advocates for children and families, pediatricians are in a great position to support and guide parents during the prenatal period. The prenatal visit is an excellent way to initiate this process. There are several goals of a prenatal visit:
- To establish a relationship between the physician and parents. The prenatal visit introduces the concept of the medical home for the child’s future healthcare needs. Also, the parents will feel more comfortable if they are familiar with their healthcare provider before the birth of their child.
- To gather basic information. This may include myriad information such as family medical history, delivery plans, infant feeding choice, car seats, anxieties about the present pregnancy, changes in lifestyle, cultural beliefs and parenting practices.
- To provide information and advice. The prenatal visit gives the pediatrician the opportunity to provide anticipatory guidance regarding newborn care and behavior, advantages of breastfeeding, information regarding immunizations and to answer questions that the parents may have about the office such as hours, phone numbers and coverage for night, weekend and emergency care.
- To help parents develop parenting skills.
- To identify high-risk situations. This gives the pediatrician the opportunity to refer parents to appropriate resources and to prepare them for potential problems with the child.
When necessary, Cooper pediatricians will refer patients to pediatric specialists for consultations. Our pediatric specialists have offices throughout the South Jersey region for the convenience of you and your children.