I had a brief appointment with the babe's potential pediatrician today.
I had been worried, since my insurance is an HMO and I wasn't sure how flexible the doctors in the system would be about some of my wishes. I had already been warned by the MWs I'm seeing for the birth that some of the doctors at my HMO were a bit nutty about out-of-hospital births, many even refusing to sign the letter they ask us to give the peds (which, btw, just specifies which procedures they can/can't do, and what they need the ped to do).
Turns out she's great! She bf her children for over a year, has worked with birth center/home birth clients before and knew the routines, and most importantly was completely open to my delayed/modified vax schedule.
She also gave me some cool resources for bfing help and told me that she's working with some of the other peds to get our insurance to cover visits with a lactation consultant, which they don't do now.
Have you been meeting with potential pediatricians before the baby's birth? How is it going?
I am meeting mine next week, but I found a great group here called Pediatric Alternatives. They are totally open to letting me decide what is best for my child, so long as my decision is an informed one.
We rarely go to a MD, last time 3.75 year old dd went to one she was 2 months old. I take her to yearly appointments with my ND, mainly just a "cover my butt" appointment for documentation purposes. As I'm sitting here thinking about it, I realize that we haven't made it in this year. DH would like one newborn exam with a MD for this one so I'll go in when baby is a month old or so. I haven't called around yet, I have some ideas though. I've heard good things about one new pedi in town, and I have a professional relationship with another who would see us, no questions asked, but I'm heistant to mix our realtionship with my very definate beliefs.
There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.