We have the thread on who *should* post here, and it got me curious about why people want to post here, whether you're selective, delayed or more or less on schedule with immunizations. Also who reads this without posting much (just say hi!).
It's a common theme that those of us who adhere more or less to the vaccination schedule don't need a support forum. I think that's a bit unfair and unwelcoming.
For me it goes right back to before I even ever heard of Mothering.com. I am a bit of a hippychick. For example I enjoy yoga, and try to be environmentally friendly etc. I wanted (and had) a midwife led, mostly natural birth (in the USA). Following that I was a very determined and vocal breast feeder (extended) and also decided to try cloth diapers. I can't remember if someone gifted me an annual subscription to the Mothering Magazine when my first was born, or if I found it by myself. But I enjoyed the posts on attachment parenting, baby wearing etc. I enjoy the emphasis on "joyful motherhood" over stressing about setting strict routines, and if your kid is sleeping through the night etc. It helped me realise co-sleeping was very safe, and that lots of birth practices in the US especially are not. But then....
Well we moved to the UK (no more magazine, which then stopped publishing anyway) and I started getting emails about the forum. And I started hearing what I found to be a strong anti-vaccination message coming in some of those emails. I have come across people several times who assume I don't vaccinate because of my other parenting practices. I don't think natural parenting should be taken over by not-vaccinating. I think there's room to pick and choose what works for your family. So eventually instead of ignoring those emails (I guess it was in 2012) I came to see what was happening over here.
My kids aren't babies any more. I'm not using nappies and needing to come here for help on washing them. I'm comfortable with my parenting choices so I don't feel the need to discuss most of them, but the anti-vaccination message bothers me (sorry, just does). I don't want to prove anyone whose made up their mind differently, but I do want to see all views expressed on MDC. So I stick around to share my views. And I'm really learning a lot (but none of it has changed my mind yet).
Although I do love the decluttering threads - my house really needs that! ;) And sometimes I go and rant at people talking about how mixed race kids are cute because they're mixed race. That annoys me to!
Anyway I like that we have a support forum for "Mindful Vaccination" so that when new mothers come here they see that it's not just one choice about vaccinating to be "proper" natural mother. Plus it's nice to have somewhere to post where I'm not going to be subtly (or less subtly) accused of being a pharma shill and have anything and everything I say disagreed with (honestly some days I think if I posted "kittens are cute" I'd be told I'm pushing an agenda and not having a proper source for my fact!).