Finding the perfect obstetrician was a cake walk, I had lots of great recommendations from my fellow coworkers who had worked with all of the the OB docs where I'd be delivering.
However, finding a pediatrician is NOT easy.
I don't know many people with kids and I know even less people who have any knowledge of pediatricians in Santa Maria. I would like for her doctor to be in town (not in San Luis where we'll be delivering) in case we do need to get in for an appointment last minute or she gets sick, etc.
There was only one pediatrician that had been recommended to us as being great but they are too far away AND don't take our insurance. Back to the drawing board.
Turns out I'd heard of one of the doctors they recommended, so we may end up going with him. We can always change if it doesn't work out, but I feel so much better just having solidified a couple good recommendations from people. It's hard just picking a name from an available list of docs, hearing people say they like them is so much nicer...