We also made sure to look for a doctor that is ok with non vaxing. I am NOT ok with going into a doc office and being told what a terrible parent you are for not vaxing (this happened several times when he was an infant). D.O.s are usually more open to non vax than M.D.s. Some people only use naturopaths or chiropractic for their families. I found out about our doctor on this very website, in the finding your tribe area, and she actually happens to be an MD that is ok with non vaxing.
I am going to ask our ped if he will still have us as a patient even if we don't want to well baby visits. I think he will not have a problem with it, I just want to make sure. They just weigh, do the measurements and we ask our questions.
This time we are having a hb and our midwife is very knowledgable on illnesses and such and I think we will be calling on her a lot rather than rushing to the ped. She has had some great suggestions for our 23 month old, so I think she will be useful for childhood illness as well.
I see naturapaths though, so they know I''m not going in a lot. We pay cash since our insurance doesn't cover naturapaths.
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It was my awakening that I didn't neeeed to be there...it was our first visit with her (we had to find a new doc cause of our vaxing decisions)....and anyway...it went great...I will set up a 1 year one soonish....nothing really is going on though..I"m not worried about anything..she's doing great....and I dont want to pay for just a weigh and measure...*I* can do that
Momma to Emma (10), Elzie (8), Gretchen (6), Olive (3), Rogan (1) and Baby #6 due end of April.
My son will be 2 in January and has been to all well baby checks. We don't vax at all [...snip...] Really, if you're not vaxing they will just weigh and measure baby, check hips and muscle tone, etc. They will also see how baby is doing developmentally. IMO, if you have a scale, measuring tape and a baby book most if that you can do yourself. The reason we go to all appts is so later down the road if I'm accused of being negligent for not vaxing I can at least say he was receiving regular care.
Oh, wanted to add, I've also taken them for chiro and massage appts waaay more then pedi appts. to treat minor ailments.
Saamy Student mama to and and
SAHM to Chloe«- 6/2008 (10 lbs, 5 oz), Hannah- 9/2010 (9 lbs, 12 oz), Liam- 2/2013 (9 lbs, 6 oz)
We are taking her for her first eye exam next week though.
Wife to DH (06/10) and Mummy to DD (07/08).
So over the last 17 years whenever we went in for "sick" visits I was never asked if immunizations were up to date. I was never immunized, and have done so much research on the issue over the years I was ready for a debate with any doctor LOL
We do have a great ped established for sick visits. We met her before we stopped well visits, (ds got sick just days after his 4 mo well visit) and I really appreciated how she handled the sick visit that followed. We've only seen her maybe 3 times since then between ds and dd (obviously we dont go for every sniffle), but I feel I can trust her since she's not eager to diagnose and prescribe. She's very gentle and quiet which works well for my kids.
I did take DD two weeks after her birth (homebirth) for the PKU test and general check in, but dont plan to this time (due any minute now...). I dont feel its necessary and cant see risking running into this whole flu mess.
Good luck figuring out what works for you and your family!
With my unvaxed babies, DD 2 was a homebirth with midwives so we both were under their care for six weeks. With DS who was a UC baby, a friend who is a midwife, checked him out after he was born and weighed him a couple of times for me. I did use the produce scales at Whole Foods to check his weight on the odd occasion too.
I would also stick to the normal WBV schedule. It's not all about vaccines. A friend of mine didn't walk until she was 18 months old because she had a hip that would dislocate and her mother didn't realise it.
i would take her to a ped if i had any questions or concerns that i thought a ped would help us with. but thus far, i have not.
My midwife told me to line up a ped home visit for soon after the birth. Her rationale was, "I can pick up on a lot of potential problems, but I am not a pediatrician." My ped said (of my midwife) "Cathy has really good judgement, and if she thinks something is wrong, I will come that day, but if she thinks things look fine, I will come whenever I get the chance in the first 3 days."
We ended up taking her at 8 days and 1 month. I've got another appointment tomorrow (3.5 months). I am a first time mom and my ped is great, and I just like checking in every few months to make sure the baby's on track. I tend to combine a well baby visit and an issue. At the 1 month it was Thrush. For this one it is Thrush (still) and suspected milk allergy.
My son will be 2 in January and has been to all well baby checks. We don't vax at all, and since my husband is military we see doctors on post. Really, if you're not vaxing they will just weigh and measure baby, check hips and muscle tone, etc. They will also see how baby is doing developmentally. IMO, if you have a scale, measuring tape and a baby book most if that you can do yourself. The reason we go to all appts is so later down the road if I'm accused of being negligent for not vaxing I can at least say he was receiving regular care.
Once I find a new one I will go to establish ourselves once, but I don't see the need to go all the time if we aren't vaxing, so I will go if there's an issue, and then maybe at 6mo. and 1 yr. to get a check up
Elijah Mercury (7/2009), TTC #2 with my new soon to be DH! Tattooed, 29 year old cancer survivor!
For this next kiddo, we're doing it completely different. Since DD ended up severely regressing after she turned 2, we will be keeping a close eye on this one. I do kind of wish we had more "on record" about her before she turned 2. So baby #2 will go to well baby visits...not all of them but a good amount. Since he'll have a higher risk of also being on the spectrum, I want to take him in not only to make sure we catch things early if there is a problem, but also to keep me from freaking out all the time if there isn't anything wrong!
We do see a Naet practitioner for naet therapy. dd has allergies so we are eliminating them. I am also starting naet therapy in several weeks.