When I had my first child, I wanted to find a pediatrician who was smart, clinically experienced, and would know how to take care of my child in an emergency. I never considered the faith of my pediatrician to be important. I figured I would leave medicine to the doctors and faith to the Church. But I didn’t really understand that my pediatrician would become a personal mentor for me, as a parent, as I pursued the beautiful yet difficult call of raising children. I didn’t really consider that my pediatrician would become a private confidant of my children, discussing sensitive issues behind closed doors.
So, as a pediatrician, a wife, and a mother of four, here are my top seven reasons why you need a Catholic health care provider for your children, and why I have started this not-for-profit directory to help you find these providers.