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Old 04-25-2014, 06:26 AM - Thread Starter
 
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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 :)

 

Hi there,

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,

Harriet

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Old 04-25-2014, 06:47 AM
 
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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.  

 

http://www.mothering.com/community/f/19/im-pregnant

 

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.

 

http://www.mothering.com/community/f/212/australia-and-new-zealand

 

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:

 

http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1400373/1st-baby-a-whole-new-world


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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.

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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 :) 

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