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Hi Moms,

 

Currently I take my four year old to a pediatrician in the Springfield area.  We were reccommended by a friend to go to Sumner Pediatrics. A church friend told us that the office respects a parents right to choose their childrens health and medical procedures ie vaccinations etc.  We went, and for the first two visits, one at 2, another at 3, everything was fine. I go this past May to his last visit (at 4 years) and a medical assistant comes into the room, along with the pediatrician and begins to ask me the usual questions along with very personal questions like where I work, where my husband works etc. Then the pediatrician begins to ask me questions she has already asked me 3 years before. (As if we never discussed these things) She told me about my sons heart murmur (I know that, I was the one who mentioned it to her) because I gave her the results from his previous pediatrician. As if I didnt know. Then she asked me why I wasnt vaccinating today (mind you, I have been taking my son for 3 years already and we have a vaccine exemption form on file). Its as if the past three years were just a dream and never happened. I was so confused and I just looked at her dumbfounded like, "Didnt we discuss this 3 years ago? And why is she bringing this up now?" Is it because the medical assistant was in the room in training?"  I felt like she didnt even know who I was, like if I were a new patient. It felt very uncomfortable and I felt like after three years, she didnt know who we were. :(

 

Anyhow, looking for find another pediatrician. If I go to a doctor for my son, I expect them to remember me and my son and what we are about. I understand they deal with hundreds of patients, but at least ACT like you remember me and DONT put me on the spot with another assistant because I am alone in the office with you and my husband is in the car.  Im not feeling very comfortable with this pediatrician. I want to feel comfortable and feel like I can trust them. Its getting to the point where I am becoming anxious to go/take him there.

 

I really dont know what to do except find another doctor, but I dont want to leave if the other is worse, boy have I run into some ahole pediatricians.

 

What should I do? and if I leave who is a great pediatrician in Western MA that TRULY respects the parents rights and arent nosey in the parents personal life. 

post #2 of 5
I take my kids to Greenfield Pediatrics and they have been very flexible with me. I like them a lot, but Greenfield is far if you live in Springfield.
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Still looking. I can not believe I am the only mother who does not vaccinate her child in Western MA.  This is ridiculous.

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Hi Marissa, Greenfield would be too far.  Flexibility does not sound so great.  We want someone who will respect our decision and wont bully us at every appointment.  Its horrible.  I  hate MA.

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There is a practice in Easthampton that I know does home visits after homebirths, you might explore that. Or call Holyoke Midwives and ask them for a recommendation.
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