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#1 of 4 Old 08-14-2011, 07:36 PM - Thread Starter
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Hello everyone!


My DH, DD's and I will be moving to the Haverhill, MA near the end of this month. I'm really excited but it's a BIG change from southern Illinois! I alread subscribed to the link with cool things to do with your children; that will really come in handy with us having such young girls (2 and 4).

I'm wondering if there are any pediatricians we can register them with that won't hassle us for not doing vaccines. I just want to have a relationship established with someone if need be, but I don't anticipate them getting ill; they're rarely ever sick and only twice maybe have I taken them to a doctor, but still.


Also, what are your tips/tricks for commuting to Boston? I'm going to be attending graduate school beginning in September and I'm a bit nervous about driving around here...and need to know the safest, easiet ways to travel...Mapquest isn't always do you do it? I'd even be willing to leave my car at one of those park and ride places and then take the T, but where do you chose to leave your cars if you do it? Just wondering.


I could use all of the advice and insight I can get! This is SUCH a huge move for us and everything is so new! Anything you think I should know, or places that I should go, or avoid, please feel free to tell me! I cannot wait to go on our first hiking trip!!! What's your favorite trail?!


Nice to meet you all!!!


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You will be fine. Lots of great people in the area. I live a few towns South of there. Try the local Holistic Moms Network. I am an LLL Leader in Andover. 


For trails there is Winnekini Castle in Haverhill


In Mass you can decline vaccinations and find online a letter of Religious exemption.


Good Luck!

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Hi-  I do not live in Haverhill but grew up in that area and used to teach there.  I've also relocated myself and remember how hard relocating can be.  I found the library a great place to visit. 


A few thoughts--


I think there is a holisitc practice in Newbury you might have luck with.  I don't know much about them but it might be worth looking into. 


Re: Boston-  there is a commuter train that runs right from Haverhill.


Have you also posted in the  MA forum?


Best of luck! 


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#4 of 4 Old 09-05-2011, 08:08 PM
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If you check out this website, it has vaccine-friendly doctors listed by state.




I'm in the same boat, trying to find a doctor who won't give me a hard time about not vaccinating, however I have just started the process. My 2 month old has had 2 appointments with one place and we're switching doctors because she doesn't agree with our decision to not vaccinate.

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