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#31 of 44 Old 11-01-2009, 10:35 PM
 
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Wow, do any of you who don't see doctors have an HMO? Probably not--I wish we didn't! We have a relationship with a pediatrician for school physicals and referrals. For example, E fell out of a tree last week and broke his arm in two places and had to have surgery. We needed a referral for the surgery and one for each follow-up visit (waiting for one now...grrr). Insurance in our area, and with my husband's job, is very expensive if you don't go with an HMO. So that's pretty much our only option, and it means going to the pediatrician for at least every other "recommended" visit. Luckily ours is NOT pushy about shots.
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Wow, do any of you who don't see doctors have an HMO? Probably not--I wish we didn't! We have a relationship with a pediatrician for school physicals and referrals. For example, E fell out of a tree last week and broke his arm in two places and had to have surgery. We needed a referral for the surgery and one for each follow-up visit (waiting for one now...grrr). Insurance in our area, and with my husband's job, is very expensive if you don't go with an HMO. So that's pretty much our only option, and it means going to the pediatrician for at least every other "recommended" visit. Luckily ours is NOT pushy about shots.
We have a PPO. ND's are not covered and comes out of my pocket. We only go if it is important. I am not a believer in taking kids to the doctor for every little sniffle.
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This exactly. I like to have the paper trail. Our doc is awesome about non vax, never had an issue, but I like to keep a good relationship that way if one of my kids has to go in for something serious (they have) they know the doc.
I'm glad to see other mamas who do this, too. That's my reasoning - we do so many things that are outside of the mainstream, I really want an independent, verifiable record of my kids' heathcare to back me up if we ever have to deal with CPS or something like that.

Our pedi doesn't agree with our stand on vaccination, but they do agree that it is my right as a parent to refuse. Since we have healthy kiddos, they can't exactly claim that we're neglecting their health because they see them every time they're supposed to go or in the rare instance that they're actually sick.

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I have 4 kids, and we have gone off and on to the WBV. With each kid it just became a pointless experience, waste of money I don't have, and total stress filled germ fest, lol.
I have a GREAT ped now, love her! She's wonderfull with my kids. My youngest was born at 36weeks exactly (so he was probably only 34 3/4 weeks 'cause they were off on dates- hubby was only home 1 weekend lol) and was having breathing troubles. He also had bad jaundice and I got the house ped- who was supposed to be the ped I had in the past. Luckily it was our new ped and she was fantastic! She has bent over backwards for my kids! She is avalible by email- and that's a must with ped's in my book! and she also will get on the phone her self and help. I Love her.

She has said though that the point of the WBV is to chronicle size and weight and shots. She said that the visits aren't even in order with baby's developmental milestones and if we aren't vaxing- then let's switch the visits to correlate with baby's milestones so we know that your baby is developing well, and gaining weight well. She's been an awesome ped. She would prefer us to vax, but given our history she understands why we don't vax.

I hope you, OP, find someone that you can feel comfortable with if your LO does have problems or get's sick, because there is nothing worse than a jack a#* of a doctor giving you the riot act when you've got a sick kid and are scared for your child. It's not fun- and many of us have BTDT and would rather never go there again

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I thought you had to go within a certain time period w/ home and birth center births. I know the state I live in requires it.
Ds1 I took for most of his well baby because I didn't think not to, until he was about 6 months old. Then I only went if he got sick or at his yearly appt. Ds2 I took initially after he was born, and then not again until he was I think 1. The paper trail is a good thing, I hadn't thought of that. The practice I was going to changed the wbv schedule from monthly to every few months, to annual, so if I go to the annuals at least, it looks good.
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Wow, do any of you who don't see doctors have an HMO? Probably not--I wish we didn't! We have a relationship with a pediatrician for school physicals and referrals.
Nope. We have a PPO. I've had to take DS to the Dr twice in the past month (bowel trouble and a fall of a dresser he was climbing); we just went to the clinic down the block because their ped is 30 min away and it was after hours.

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I thought you had to go within a certain time period w/ home and birth center births. I know the state I live in requires it.
Ds1 I took for most of his well baby because I didn't think not to, until he was about 6 months old. Then I only went if he got sick or at his yearly appt. Ds2 I took initially after he was born, and then not again until he was I think 1. The paper trail is a good thing, I hadn't thought of that. The practice I was going to changed the wbv schedule from monthly to every few months, to annual, so if I go to the annuals at least, it looks good.
Nope, my state doesn't. DS is three and has never been to a ped or an MD. He goes to an ND and I don't think he even saw her til he was a few months old. He was also a home birth. The midwives do check ups at two and six weeks. Why do you need to see a ped?
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I took DD to two appointments when she was first born to check some stuff. I'm glad I did because even though the MW did a thorough check the ped checked some different things. I haven't bothered bringing ber back since since I am am able to weigh/measure her at home, have the height/weight charts, had hit milestones, etc.
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I don't understand how a state could make someone go to the ped. What do they do if you don't go? Take your kids away?
Nope, I had one hb in NY, one in NC, and both kids didn't see a pedi till they were at the least 1 yr. old.

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I bring DS in pretty often for checks. Because we aren't vaxing, the doctor asks quick questions to see how he's devleoping and checks him over to see if everything is where it's supposed to be. They measure and weigh him, ask what he's eating, if I'm still breastfeeding, and if I have any questions/concerns. She wasn't too pleased that we weren't vaxing, but seems ok with it now.

I usually have a question or two for her, so I like going to see if everything is ok.

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I love my daughter's pediatrician, Dr. Pamela Middleton because she is super smart since she is 100% anti-vaccines (she does all the well baby visits without any vaccines) and she's pro-traditional foods/Weston A. Price dietary guidelines, which is really smart too. So, its really quite an enjoyment and very comfortable to bring my daughter there. The newborn visit we did, and then we skipped a couple of the well-baby visits because there are too many of them. My daughter doesn't need to be checked that often. As far as illness, my DD has never had any more than a slight runny nose and slight fever that lasted a half day in her whole life (the first time being at 17 months old) and she's almost 2 years old now, so I haven't had to bring her in to the doctor for any illness since she's never really been "sick".

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What is an HMO ?

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We don't have a regular doctor because we don't vax. All of the dr.s in our town kick non-vaxers out, and the family practitioners will not take young children (under 11) - so we have great insurance and can't go to the doctor because nobody will see us. It makes me so mad!For emergencies, I do the rounds between doctors here, because they usually don't kick you out until the second or third visit.

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What is an HMO ?
a health management organization (health maintenance perhaps?).... either way, it's a form of health insurance in the US that attempts to keep prices low, but also often limits doctor choice and availability of specialists.
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