Well Baby Check-ups
Hello! Today something weird happened. The doctor's office that we put down at the hospital (was going to have a home birth but baby's heart rate dropped too low so our midwife suggested the hospital just to be safe) that would be our daughter's primary physician (just in case) called because we haven't taken her to the doctor yet. She's 4.5 months old, in good health, and there is absolutely no reason to take her, especially since we will not be getting her vaccinated. I'm wondering if this is normal? Can they just call like this? Are they going to be calling CPS or DHS because we're not taking her in? We weigh her ourselves and use an online height, weight and head circumference calculator. She's right on track. I'm a little worried because we use natural health care and products and this seems like it's borderline violating. What do you guys think?
So a ton of questions are probably going thru the mind of every person reading your post.......(well, maybe). First, is this your first baby? Some first time moms get so overloaded with stuff, that it's so easy to miss important health issues with our babies. Do you have any traditional or non-traditional medical training? Because my first question would be How do you know she's in good health? (Is anyone else thinking this questions?) Is it just by guessing? Her weight? Her coloring? OR has your midwife done the newborn check up and other check up on her? You don't have her vaccinated......but maybe find a vaccine friendly doctor...... But I would just guess, that if this doctor is going out of his/her way to call you bc you didn't bring your baby in for a newborn check up .....Yeah, red flags have already been raised. Can your midwife suggest a doctor that is in tune to your choices?
To the OP, I would probably be freaked out by that a bit, too, but I have had doctors send me cards reminding me to make an appointment. I've ignored them, and nothing came of it. I think they are just standard practice, sent out to everyone who hasn't been in to the office in a while. If you are concerned, you could either tell the truth (that you aren't interested in well baby check ups), or say that you've decided to go with a different doctor. But, if you do the second, you can't really go back to that pedi if you need something. :/ Ultimately, you're going to need a doctor who knows that you're not doing well baby checkups, and is ok with it. That way you can take your baby in when you need to without fear.
(No questions for me, so maybe not everyone!)
Hi OP, I don't post much but wanted to respond because we are similar. We don't vaccinate, either. I also planned a home birth but ended up in the hospital at 33 weeks. I hadn't picked a ped before a surprise pre-term labor, because my midwife was going to do the standard WHO well baby checks until 2 years. So I totally get where you're coming from. Once in the hospital, you can't get discharged without a ped and luckily my midwife knew some that would work for us.
If you end up deciding to go to a well baby check... At the well baby appointments, the assistant weighs and measures, then I sit across the room from the doc, he approaches for about 20 seconds to look in her ears and listen to her heart, and it seems like all in all I am satisfying my requirement and he is satisfying his requirement, with the lowest possible imposition to our autonomy or privacy. At the early ones he checked for hip dysplasia.
For us, it turned out that my DD has some development challenges so we go to some specialists. Because we go to the Well Baby Checks it makes a lot of other people stay out of parts of our life choices (like our PT and OT for example). For example, I can tell my OT "my ped said it's okay to exclusively BF until at least 12 months" (which is a totally non conventional choice as it turns out).
So for us, with a good ped, going to these well baby visits really helps us out and keeps us from fighting with everyone else. My DD had a seizure the other day, and if we hadn't had a ped, the neurologist would have freaked out on us. As it was, they can't really say anything, for example, about the not vaccinating because that's a discussion for my pediatrician to have with us. Otherwise I can't even imagine the heck they'd put you through in an emergency.
It doesn't sound like you have any of those complications though. So I'd call them and explain you are doing the WHO baby checks with your licensed midwife. Again from what I understand that's an acceptable standard until 2 years. We definitely would have continued doing that (instead of WB) if DD was full term. I doubt they are calling to get on your case, they probably just wanted to make sure they aren't the ones who dropped the ball on the appointments. For all they know, you got another provider (which you have).
nice user name :)
I read about them here on MDC, my ped doesn't have such a form.