I am 7 months pregnant, and of course researching all our health options, etc.....I am thinking maybe I should just avoid all the well-baby visits since I don't want to vax. It sounds like people get so much trouble when they show up for these visits. I am especially appalled at what sounds like the doctor ordering moms around, as if the doctor is some kind of co-parent. I don't want a co-parent. Why can't the baby just go to the doctor if she gets sick? Is it really necessary to have a professional weigh her every other month? Can't I do that myself? I have a growth chart to guide me. Even a simpleton can get their hands on a list of developmental milestones, and assess their own child's progress. This stuff should be taught in high school, in health classes. I'm 36 years old, and I think I know the difference between a healthy and a sick child. Do we really need doctors to give us their blessing on the health of our children? How did this practice start?
On the other hand, I have searched high and low in my area of Pennsylvania, and found a family practice that is actually anti-vax. I have to drive 45 minutes to see them, but hopefully, if the babe and I are not sickly, we won't go very often. I have an appointment to meet one of the docs there in 3 weeks, so I will see what her opinion is regarding "well-baby" visits since we don't vax. I am curious to hear what she will say.
Do many people skip well-baby visits altogether if they don't vax? If you attend them, what advantage do you see?