Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: A mountain in TN
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We do WBVs primarily because we don't vax. And having a record of "attendance" so to speak is helpful when dealing with the staff at children's hospital, etc., and it helps maintain a good rapport with our pediatrician.
It's all about your comfort level. We had a very negative time after Guinevere was born, in dealing with the hospital about not vaxxing and not giving her the eye ointment. That sort of set the tone for us being as proactive and cooperative as possible, but within our comfort range (so, attending WBVs, but still not vaxxing, etc.). We did this in order to avoid such unpleasant/judgmental experiences in the future.
I also keep all of the girls' medical records in individual folders, to have easily accessible in case of an emergency.
But where we live, the assumption is if you don't vaccinate, then you're somehow being negligent. By attending all the WBVs and keeping good records and so forth, we have evidence to the contrary. Though I admit that's more for my benefit than anything. I just don't like dealing with rude people who assume I've made decisions out of negligence or ignorance.
My midwife is like the PPs: she simply doesn't take her kids in unless they need medical attention. If our ped's office weren't so accommodating (they have a well child waiting area, and always see newborns immediately -- no waiting at all) then we may not go the extra mile. But because our ped is so supportive of our decisions, it also helps in making me be more cooperative.
SAHM to Guinevere (04/05/06) and Eowyn (02/13/09)