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Looking for Ped in NW suburbs!

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Intact care knowledge is a must and also supportive of child-led weaning/tandem nursing. Willing to accept a baby who is born at home without midwife....

Anyone? We are willing to travel. I would just skip the ped altogether, but my children have a couple health issues that need to be monitored.

Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 14
Dr. Michael Sheade in Streamwood/Elgin meets that criteria - he's excellent. He's also supportive of selective/delayed/no vaxing. www.aipdocs.com
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by LacieD View Post
Dr. Michael Sheade in Streamwood/Elgin meets that criteria - he's excellent. He's also supportive of selective/delayed/no vaxing. www.aipdocs.com
Ok thank you very much! I will def. give them a call!
post #4 of 14
Is this doctor SUPPORTIVE of delayed/no vax, or just tolerant? I would be interested in switching if he was supportive.
post #5 of 14
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Is this doctor SUPPORTIVE of delayed/no vax, or just tolerant? I would be interested in switching if he was supportive.
Supportive. With DS1, we started seeing him at the 2 year WBV - he said that the MMR, varicella, and HepA vaxes were available at that age, I said I wanted only measles, didn't want the others, he said OK. A friend of mine sees him as well, and he all but said to her (without actually coming right out and saying it) that he doesn't recommend the varicella vax. They keep the separate MMR components in stock and don't blink an eye if you ask for them.

With DS2, he said that we'd start vaxing at 2 months, I said that I wanted to follow a selective/delayed schedule, he said whatever I want to do is fine, just bring in the schedule we want to do so they have a copy for his chart. Obviously I don't do no vax, so I'm not sure what his reaction is to that, but I can't imagine he'd have a problem with it, he's so easygoing about everything else.

As far as breastfeeding goes, DS2 was having weight gain issues and he didn't even mention supplementing, just said to keep on nursing and come in for weekly weight checks. Other friends that have used him have said that he's very supportive of BFing as well. And he's never tried to retract either of my kids or tell me to retract for cleaning, or anything like that.

With everything I've ever had questions/concerns about, he's taken a 'you're the mom, you know best' approach rather than an 'I'm the doctor, I know best' approach, and I love that about him.
post #6 of 14
He sounds wonderful. I may have to go and check him out. I go to a ped now who is okay with me delaying. He's still very pro-vax, which I think it would be near to impossible to find a doctor who isn't, but he is respectful, even curious, about why I have decided not to vaccinate so far.
post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thank you for the information! I will def. ask them when I call if they would accept a baby who was not born in the hospital...I can't imagine that would be a problem, but some doctors are weird about stuff. Our current ped. has just kind of went along with us, but is not supportive. He also recommended retracting at age 4 or 5 when I mentioned slight ballooning when my son pees. So, that's not good.
post #8 of 14
Dr. Karen Federici in Genoa is wonderful and very supportive of alternative vax choices. She sometimes posts on MDC.:

http://www.familyfirstdocs.com/physiciansandstaff.php
post #9 of 14
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We have appointments with HomeFirst in Rolling Meadows. I will try to remember and come back here in case someone else is looking for a doctor. They take all ages, are very welcoming about non-vaxing, believe in homebirth (why its called homefirst) and I guess very intact friendly.
post #10 of 14
We like Homefirst very much--they're very supportive of delayed/no vax. They are homebirth doctors and are very supportive of nursing for as long as you can, tandem or otherwise.

Dr. Paul Schattauer is our favorite, Dr. Zumhagen is also good.
post #11 of 14
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Dr. Karen Federici in Genoa is wonderful and very supportive of alternative vax choices. She sometimes posts on MDC.:

http://www.familyfirstdocs.com/physiciansandstaff.php
That is who I was going to mention. She also was nursing her toddler daughter, as well as being involved in the local La Leche League group and leading a BF support group.
post #12 of 14
We just interviewed and loved Dr. George Elvove in Libertyville (he used to do homebirths, not anymore though). He came very highly recommended to us through several different people.

What I do know about him is:

He's definitely pro breast feeding
Recommends you keep boys intact
Respectful of parent's vaccine choices

I don't see why he wouldn't accept a baby born at home without a midwife, he seemed very laid back and open. We are birthing at home with a CNM though.

His office staff was great, very nice and friendly and the overall feel in his office generally was comfortable and homey...not a typical feeling you get in a doctor's office.

http://www.elvovemd.com/
post #13 of 14
I see Dr. Elvove.. and have actually switched all of us over to his practice. He's very supportive of our decision to not vax (delay), very pro breastfeeding, is mindful of intact care and most of his staff and himself are supportive of homebirthing. I love how gentle he is and how he never questions my knowledge of my children and their care. In fact, when my dd was sick with bronchitis recently he expressed the desire to treat it and recommended a round of abx but deferred to me before making the final decision. If you are looking for a gentle doctor that is supportive of the intelligent parenting I would say Dr. Elvove is your man.
post #14 of 14
I have to second (or third) Dr. Elvove in Libertyville. He's been a wonderful doctor to Camryn and me. He also attended my birth but he's no longer doing births after this year. He strongly encourages breastfeeding and is very caring in his approach. I never feel rushed and I always feel listened to.
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