Coastal Pediatric Associates | Pediatric Doctors

New & Expectant Parents

Congratulations!

We look forward to welcoming you as part of our practice!

 

Choosing a Pediatrician

Having a baby is a miraculous and life changing event. We are here to help you! Our family of pediatricians and nurse practitioners would be honored to welcome your family into Coastal Pediatric Associates.

We'd love to meet you before your baby arrives to answer any questions you may have about our practice, the care your little one will receive here as well as general questions about what to expect when your baby is born. Please call us to set up an interview. If you don't have a specific pediatrician in mind, let us help pair you up to ensure the best fit. Remember, it's our pleasure to care for you and your family!

Delivery Day

When you go to the hospital on delivery day, staff will ask who you've chosen as your pediatrician. If you deliver at one of the three hospitals where our pediatricians round in the newborn nurseries, we will visit you and your new baby within the first 24 hours of life.

Typically, you and your baby will be seen at our office three days after discharge from the hospital.  We are open 7 days a week so finding a convenient appointment will be easy.

Circumcision

If the parents request a circumcision on their newborn boy, our providers will perform the procedure in the hospital.  If the child is covered under Absolute Total Care, South Carolina Solutions, or Medicaid Fee-For-Service, please contact our office prior to delivery set up a payment arrangement if you desire a circumcision for your son. Coastal Pediatric Associates will perform circumcisions in our West Ashley office on a fee basis for our established patients.  Please contact our office if you have additional questions.

Insurance 

For newborns, you have thirty days to enroll your child under your health insurance policy. Please make sure your carrier knows the name of your chosen pediatrician at Coastal Pediatric Associates.  For more information, please click here.

Sick Visits

We do our very best to see every child when he or she is sick on the day you call our office.  Please phone as early in the day as possible if you beleive your child needs to be seen.  We want to find a time that is convenient for your schedule.  By being open 7 days a week, we want to be avaliable to you when you need us! Also view our Pediatric Calendar & Schedule.

Breastfeeding

Lactation Consults are offered Monday - Friday at varing times each day.  An appointment must be scheduled.  Each consult is a minimum of $30 for 30 minutes.  For extended time, the family will be billed $15 for each 15 minute increment.  Payment is expected at the time of service and the mother's insurance will not be billed.

For more information about proper breastfeeding techniques and frequently asked questions, please click here.

Car Seats

We receive many questions from our parents about car seats and what the current reccomendations are.  We believe, first and foremost, parents should always wear seat belts, so they can set a good example.

Children should be properly restrained in either car seat, booster seat, or seat belt--depending on their age.

  • Rear-facing car seats: Children under the age of one or weighing less than 20 pounds must be in a rear-facing child safety seat.
  • Front-facing car seats: Children between the ages of one and five, weighing between 20 to 40 pounds, must be in a forward-facing child safety seat.
  • Booster seats: Children between the ages of one and five, weighing between 40 to 80 pounds, must be in a belt-positioning booster seat. Regardless of age, children weighing over 80 pounds or those who can can sit erect against the car seat and bend their legs over the seat's edge are not required to be in a booster seat.
  • Back Seat:  In general, children under six years old cannot ride in the front seat. But, this stipulation is waived if the vehicle doesn't have a back seat, or if the back seat is occupied by other children under the age of six.
  • Air bag:  Never seat a child in front of an air bag.

For more info on car safety, check out this link from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

If you are unsure if your car seat is installed correctly and would like to have it checked, contact your local fire department and ask for the car seat safety inspector.  Certain local fire departments have inspectors that will actually check your seat and make sure it is properly installed in your vehicle.

If you have questions about our South Carolina state law, please visit: 
http://www.dmv.org/sc-south-carolina/safety-laws.php

Please feel free to contact us at our three offices: James Island (843) 795-8100, Mount Pleasant (843) 971-2992 or West Ashley (843) 573-2535 with any questions.  We look forward to welcoming you as part of our practice!