A friend of mine goes to Jane Runzheimer at the Allina Clinic in Northfield and loves her. Says, "everything is appealing about her except she's really hard to get an appointment with in a timely manner. She REALLY listens, never pushes meds/shots, she's open to non-conventional medicine, she's ever-so-kind and gentle and lovely."
I am actually going in for a first checkup with her next month since my primary left for another clinic.
OP-- Where are you delivering? That might help you make a decision if the doctor you want to see is affiliated with a certain facility for any future health care issues.
Whoops, just saw your siggie-- congrats on a water homebirth! We did the same here in Northfield a year ago, it was one of the best decisions we ever made. However, which hospital would you go to in case of an unexpected transfer?
I'd say, if your herbalist is going to be your primary caregiver, discuss the vax issue with her. I am guessing though that most herbalists are not big fans of vaccination.
KnittnKitten - If your husband is willing, I strongly recommend you attend this class together. It is a vaccine info class done by a chiropractor in Plymouth. He fully explains how vaccines work in the body, why they even have alluminum, etc... He is not pushy either way, though he does not vax his own kids. The class is very scientific and was super helpful for me when we were just learning about this. http://www.y-chiropractic.com/cgi-bin/calendar/mainMonth.cgi
OP-- You must be getting really close to your due date. Best wishes to you! Did you find someone you are satisfied with for a doc, or are you waiting until after the birth to get it all lined up?
Snguyen: If we transfer we will go to St. Joe's. We have decided to go with Rachael Rapacz, at least for our first well baby check up. She came highly recommended from our midwife and a good friend of mine just started with her. She had her babies at home and apparently doesn't push anything. She is in Brooklyn Park though, so we are still open to others. It is just easier right now with me being 39 weeks to just take it one step at a time and not try to interview a bunch of potential docs.
Thank you both so much for your help and support! I love this community, it is so helpful!
I use Dr Clevenger at Healtheast Grand ave in st paul. Not close but she's been great with my son and now our newborn daughter. She never pressures us about any vax decisions and she suggests alternative medicine when possible. I believe she is certified in Chinese medicine also.
Congrats on your new baby and good luck on your ped search!