Newborns and New Patients

Expectant Parents

Expectant Parents

Our small practice emphasizes and ongoing partnership with families from birth through adolescence.

So you can get to know us before your child is born or before you plan a change in providers, we offer a complimentary, one-time, informational meeting, either in the office or via telemedicine. Get to know us, become familiar with our office, and determine if ours is the right practice for your family.

Here is a link to the American Academy of Pediatrics parent site, healthy children.org, and its guidance on How to Choose a Pediatrician.

Expectant Parents

Newborns and New Patients

We love newborns and welcome new patients to our practice!

What to expect at the hospital or birth center: Newborns will be attended by the newborn hospitalists while in hospital at both Alaska Regional Hospital and Providence Alaska Medical Center and by their midwives if born at a birth center. Share with the newborn doctors or midwife that Medical Park Pediatrics, Dr. Michelle Laufer or nurse practitioner Desiree Cook will be your child's primary care provider. They will communicate details of the birth and newborn course with us and let you know when to follow up in our office for further care, usually within the first few days of your child's birth. If you would like to print out and complete the newborn medical intake form before coming for your first appointment, please find it here.

We welcome new patients of all ages. If you are transferring from another practice, please complete a release of information form. You may print out and complete the medical history intake form here (birth to 4 years) and here (for ages 5 through 17 years).

Expectant Parents

Breastfeeding Support

We support breastfeeding mothers from the first days after birth through weaning.

We are well-connected with the lactation professionals at the Women’s Boutique at Providence Hospital for complex breastfeeding concerns.

 Click here or the photo below for a link to American Academy of Pediatric breastfeeding support resources.