I know I put this somewhere else but I wasn't sure how to make a new thread in that forum :-/ Anyway, sorry if you have already read it, but I think this is a better place for my query :)
I'm 25 and living in Australia. I have just discovered I'm pregnant! I would obviously like to keep myself and child as free from harmful chemicals as possible. I'm wondering where to draw the line? Should I use hospitals at all? I'm worried that if I go to one, I will be forced to take vaccines and meds or child services may be called. What are your recommendations? How might I get around the stigma of not engaging in what is essentially the medically-ran institution of pregnancy? Are Ultra sounds ok?? Sorry, this is my first child and I am a little anxious. I do NOT want the medical community to run my life for the next few years, but I guess there is no real way around it, huh?
Thanks for your time,
Hi and congrats!
I am not sure if you have had a chance to poke around on MDC yet -but there are both Pregnancy forums and DDC that may be better suited to more general pregnancy support.
There is also a section on MDC specific to Au/NZ. They may be knowledeable about how to keep things as natural as you want them to be/is possible in AU/NZ.
As per vaccines, I just took a look and it turns out Australia does do a birth dose of Hep. B. Ick. Here is a recent thread with advice on newborns, hospitals, avoiding the shot, etc:
There is a battle of two wolves inside us. One is good and the other is evil. The wolf that wins is the one you feed.
Book and herb loving mama to 1 preteen and 2 teens (when did that happen?). We travel, go to school, homeschool, live rurally, eat our veggies, spend too much time...
Many of those decisions hinge on your personal situation. For example, if you happen to be a carrier of hepatitis B, your baby probably should get the hep B vaccine.
Likewise, if you have a medical history that increases your risk of complications in pregnancy, then it is probably unwise to turn your back on a medically-run pregnancy. There are quite a lot of very common conditions that do increase risk, such as thyroid disease, or any autoimmune disease; family medical history should also be considered.
That said, you might be interested in reading The Business of Baby, by Jennifer Margulies. http://www.jennifermargulis.net/books/the-business-of-baby/ It covers most of the questions you are raising. It doesn't answer them all, but it gives a lot of interesting information which can help you in decision-making.
I would like to recomend a great book, the first I read with my first child, The Natural Pregnancy Book by Aviva Romm. Fantastic info on Everything! Except vaccines, that's in a dif book by her called Vaccinations a thoughtful parents guide. Highly recomend her work! Best of luck sorting through everything, enjoy this time :)