my first little one, malcolm, was born at home on may 27, 2011. we had a midwife serve us for prenatals and birth, and there were no invasive procedures done during this time (no vitamin k, vaccines, circumsion, not even an ultrasound birth birth). the midwife has been continuing care for us since malcolm's birth, and next week is the last visit.
i am curious about pediatricians and how others handle "well baby visits" that peds like to do at 2 month increments until 6 months, and then 6 month increments after that. we plan to give no vaccinations. i also plan to do my own continuous well baby checks, since he is with me all the time. he is nursing so well, sleeps with us, is interacting, and gaining weight beautifully. i have Aviva Jill Romm's book Naturally Healthy Babies and Children, which offers lots of info on observing and promoting your childs wellness. i am also quite healthy myself.
basically, i see no real reason for these visits. i do however want to have a relationship with a pediatrician just in case, though going to the dr. is never my first line of defense. (my partner and i are uninsured, very healthy, and havent been to a dr. in years. we see an acupuncturist and treat with herbs as need/for prevention). i met a woman ped. i really like; she totally promotes the well baby visits, though i told her we may not do them all. i am thinking of just going at 6month, then 1 year. this is far off, though.
im very curious about all the different ways people handle this. do you just go to all visits? none? some? please help me with your own experiences.