First, can anyone recommend a midwife in Utah Co.? Somewhere in the vicinity of Draper/Riverton or Provo/Orem would be ideal. I know that there is a popular birthing center in Orem, and I'd prefer a freestanding birthing center to home birth. But I'll take whatever good maternity care I can find!
The next questions have to do with vax exemptions.
1. I know that there are philosophical exemptions in UT.. Does vaccinating have to be an all-or-nothing thing there, or would I have a legal right to vaccinate selectively?
2. It sounds like I have to go in person to the county health department for the exemption. What should I prepare for? Do they want to sick somebody on you to scold you or convince you to change your mind last-minute? . Or is it just a quick bureaucratic hoop that parents are made to jump through? Also, I see that they're charging parents $25.00 for this privilege.. Will I have to go through this process every year, or just any time I see a new vax requirement appears to which I'm philosophically opposed?
Thanks in advance for any answers!
I used Suzanne Smith for my homebirths. I think she's part of the birthing center in Orem. My youngest is almost 5 so I'm out of the birthing loop.
If you want to selectively vax, I would sign the form that exempts you from all. It won't stop you from getting any vaxes that you want. You can give the schools the exemption form and your child's vax record. Otherwise, you have to pay for separate forms for each vaccine you want to exempt from. Once you sign the form (and pay your fee), you never have to sign another one--just don't lose it. They charge you money to replace it. Expect to wait in several lines. It was pretty routine and no one lectured me or tried to talk me out of it. The only snag is your child has to be kindergarten age, which can be a problem if you need childcare or they demand a vax record for preschool.
Thanks for the info! So I basically can't enroll my children in preschool? That sucks....
I just put my daughter in a private preschool (in someone's home) and was never asked for a vax record. I did a preschool co-op for my son and again, was not asked to provide a record. I've had to forgo daycare at the gym, however.
I live in Utah County and my favorite midwife is Sherri Price. She's located in Pleasant Grove and does homebirths or you can choose to birth at her awesome turn of the century Victorian house turned birth suite. It is totally private and beautiful and she is seriously amazing, her assistants are great, and she just emmanates that wise woman vibe where you know she knows whats going on. She was incredible during DS's extremely long labor (no pressure to go to the hospital, just baths, essentail oils, rubs, walks, chants)
Kelly, married to the love of my life, Den , DD1 5/07 , 11/07, DD2 10/08 , DDS 8/10, expecting our next blessing this winter!
I've also NEVER paid for one.
Also, the philosophical exemption form asks what vaccines you want to be exempt from. You can check "all" or hand write in the vaccines your child won't get.
I'm really confused about my experience compared to other posters here. I've been told I need a new exemption for each new school ( the school name is written on the form), I've never paid, and have been getting them for years? We're all living in the same Utah right?
There's some decent midwives up here in the Weber and Box Elder counties...
As a former school teacher, I recommend you take care of the optioning out before school starts. It gets messy then.
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