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I am so totally livid at my daughter's pediatrician right now. I'm looking for a ped who is pro-bf, anti-circ, and will work with us on a delayed/selective vax schedule.<br><br>
I'm in somerset country. Anyone know of anybody?<br><br>
PS: someone who accepts insurance would be nice.
 

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Funny, I came here to post the same thing - only I'm looking in Mercer County.<br><br>
I just came back from a visit to the ped because I was worried that dd hasn't pooped in 24 hours. Ped says she looks fine but that I might need to supplement with formula if she doesn't poop by tomorrow because this "probably means you're not making enough milk. Most women can't produce enough." For the record DD has gained over two pounds since birth and she's not even four weeks old! She's just shy of 11 pounds! AND she has plenty of wet diapers.<br><br>
And they won't even discuss delayed vax with me.<br><br>
So...can I jump on this bandwagon and ask for suggestions as well?
 

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My first suggestion is that if your dd is making plenty of wet dipes, don't worry about the lack of poo. Lots of babies start leveling off the poo level. My dd often goes a day or two without a poo and she's just fine.<br><br>
It certainly doesn't mean you're not making enough milk. Stupid doctors.<br><br>
I know of an MD in Highland Park who is AWESOME, but he doesn't take insurance and Ijust can't afford the out of pocket expense. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I know. I couldn't believe that a doctor could say that in this day and age. I was stunned.<br><br>
Dr. Ginsburg in Middlesex County is supposed to be good but she doesn't take my insurance (I'm not sure if she takes any insurance.) I've toyed with the idea of paying out-of-pocket but we really can't afford that over the long term.
 

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VBurd: Sounds like you definitely need a new ped!!!<br><br>
Sorry I can't help, the only ones I know of are in Monmouth county.
 

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i know this is sortof far for you all, but dr. chi in hackettstown is a good guy. hasn't given me any flak about not vaccinating, LOVES the fact that i bf all three kids till they were just past 2 years old, doesn't go heavy on the anti-biotics. the only issue i have with him is that i like to ask LOTS of questions, and he has a very HEAVY accent, so it's sortof hard to understand everything he says. i went to him when i was a kid, and now i'm taking my own there, so i know he's been around and he's a trusted member of the community here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Dr Ginsburg in Middlesex County is awesome...it's her office that's the problem. The office name is Family Health Center, and for the most part all of the senior doctors are wonderful. Dr Ginsburg, Dr Zafar and Dr Lansing are especially good. However, one of the problems is that they use this office as a teaching facility for medical students. If you have a sick child, you typically see one of the students. We had thrush (for the third time), saw a student, and she refused to prescribe diflucan and sugar free nystatin that I knew I needed to clear up the infection. She said it was dangerous to babies, that Andrew was too old to nurse, blah blah blah. I left the office in a huff, called and left a message for Dr Ginsburg, and she finally prescribed what was needed. In another case, a student prescribed an amount of cough syrup that would have severly overdosed Andrew. Luckily I'm a scientist and caught the mistake. The real problem is dealing with the office in general. The receptionists are awful, make mistakes regarding appointment times, make mistakes regarding updating your file, sometimes forget to tell the nurse that you're there and you're stuck waiting and are just generally a real pain to deal with. The appointments never run on time, you're typically waiting 30 minutes just to get to a room and another 15 minutes for the doctor. But Dr Ginsburg herself is wonderful, very AP friendly, a nursing mom herself and very open to different parenting styles. Unfortunately, she's extremely hard to get an appointment with so you have to be really on the ball about scheduling your well baby checkups, and like I said earlier the chances of seeing her if your baby's sick are next to zero. I got sick of the office, so I went doctor shopping.<br><br>
I live in Ewing, NJ, so I looked at some PA doctors. I found the Lower Bucks Pediatrics practice in Yardley, PA. We've been going there for 5 months and they're WONDERFUL. We did vax, so I don't know what they'd say if you didn't want to do that, but they didn't blink an eye with breastfeeding a toddler or cosleeping so I suspect they may be OK with everything else non-mainstream too. There's 4 doctors - 3 female, one male. I've seen Dr Weinberg and Dr Gardner and they're both awesome. The nurses are great, the receptionists are great and it's a nice place in general. I can't recommend them enough, if it's not too far of a drive for you. Their # is (215) 493-1750.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">i know this is sortof far for you all, but dr. chi in hackettstown is a good guy. hasn't given me any flak about not vaccinating, LOVES the fact that i bf all three kids till they were just past 2 years old, doesn't go heavy on the anti-biotics. the only issue i have with him is that i like to ask LOTS of questions, and he has a very HEAVY accent, so it's sortof hard to understand everything he says. i went to him when i was a kid, and now i'm taking my own there, so i know he's been around and he's a trusted member of the community here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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I had Dr. Chi when I gave birth to my twins at Hackettstown, but did not use him as our Ped because we lived too far away. If we lived closer, we would have stuck with him in a heartbeat!<br><br>
We use Dr. Roche at Hunterdon Pediatrics; sure he would prefer a normal vax schedule, but he is OK with working on a delayed schedule and we get along just swimmingly. Dr. Bouffard at the same practice is VERY pro-bf, but I do not know for sure about her vax stance. All in all we have been very happy.
 

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I'm in Somerset Co., too. Currently I'm with Dr. Katz of Watchung Pediatrics (in Warren) but I don't LOVE her. She has just made me sign off on not vaxing (so I'm sure she'll be open to selective/delayed) and she knows we're still nursing at 21 months and hasn't even remotely encouraged me to stop.<br><br>
But I don't love that she's quick to prescribe antibiotics (and this may be something she just does to us because my son has HIGH pain tolerance--so if I were left to watch him for signs of it getting worse, we'd be at a complete loss because he doesn't show any... kwim?) I also don't love that she's strongly encouraging me to read up and try to get Matthew to fall asleep on his own. She's not encouraging CIO... just SOMEthing that gets him to self-regulate and sleep without help.<br><br>
Not naturopath in any way, shape or form... but listens to my concerns and I feel like I'm getting the best possible care for my son given what's available. I know they take insurance... a wide range (including Medicare).
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Dr Ginsburg in Middlesex County is awesome...it's her office that's the problem. The office name is Family Health Center, and for the most part all of the senior doctors are wonderful. Dr Ginsburg, Dr Zafar and Dr Lansing are especially good. However, one of the problems is that they use this office as a teaching facility for medical students. If you have a sick child, you typically see one of the students. We had thrush (for the third time), saw a student, and she refused to prescribe diflucan and sugar free nystatin that I knew I needed to clear up the infection. She said it was dangerous to babies, that Andrew was too old to nurse, blah blah blah. I left the office in a huff, called and left a message for Dr Ginsburg, and she finally prescribed what was needed. In another case, a student prescribed an amount of cough syrup that would have severly overdosed Andrew. Luckily I'm a scientist and caught the mistake. The real problem is dealing with the office in general. The receptionists are awful, make mistakes regarding appointment times, make mistakes regarding updating your file, sometimes forget to tell the nurse that you're there and you're stuck waiting and are just generally a real pain to deal with. The appointments never run on time, you're typically waiting 30 minutes just to get to a room and another 15 minutes for the doctor. But Dr Ginsburg herself is wonderful, very AP friendly, a nursing mom herself and very open to different parenting styles. Unfortunately, she's extremely hard to get an appointment with so you have to be really on the ball about scheduling your well baby checkups, and like I said earlier the chances of seeing her if your baby's sick are next to zero. I got sick of the office, so I went doctor shopping.</div>
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There's certainly variability caused by the residents going in and out each year (and the docs-in-training *are* residents, *not* medical students; I've had medical students come in with one of the senior docs to observe, but they're not seeing patients by themselves), but I've actually been very happy with the residents ds has seen. One was the mom of a four-month-old who was pumping for the baby, and the baby was exclusively fed bm despite mom having to be at the hospital for 24 hours or more at a time -- lots of dedication to bfing there! When ds had an ear infection around 6 months, we went in and saw one of the other doctors, and Dr. Ginsburg called me the next day just to see how things were going and offer advice. I haven't found the wait times or office staff to be worse than any other doctor's office I've been to (although that's certainly faint praise! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">).<br><br>
I don't doubt that you've had issues with the office, and that's certainly important info for anyone looking into using them, but I just wanted to offer the experience that they can also do a good job.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">i know this is sortof far for you all, but dr. chi in hackettstown is a good guy. hasn't given me any flak about not vaccinating, LOVES the fact that i bf all three kids till they were just past 2 years old, doesn't go heavy on the anti-biotics. the only issue i have with him is that i like to ask LOTS of questions, and he has a very HEAVY accent, so it's sortof hard to understand everything he says. i went to him when i was a kid, and now i'm taking my own there, so i know he's been around and he's a trusted member of the community here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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He was my ped growing up!!! My family loves him <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
(I'm 30, so yes, he's been there a while!!)
 

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Our pediatrician is Dr. Singer at Summit Medical Group in Warren. She's been very supportive of BFing. As I have girls and do vaccinate, I don't know how she'd be on the other things. In general, though, I find her to be very laid back. She and I disagreed about flouride/vitamins, and she just wrote in in her chart that we discussed it and I declined. And that was that. They do take a lot of different insurances there.
 

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I use doctor Weirzbicki in Flemington, Hunterdon County. He's not really pro anything, but he doens't get in your way. He says things like, 'oh you don't need to bf for more than a year,' and 'can I convince you not to co-sleep,' but he is cool about our vaxing situation. He also respects my opinion when I tell him why I'm doing what I do, etc...<br><br>
He has never made me sign a waiver or anything. We're not vaxing. He also likes to go easy on medicating babes. I recently had bronchitis and he put me on anti-biotics after having it for two weeks. When DS started caughing, he was very firm about waiting and the bug letting it run its course. I was happy about that.<br><br>
Anyway, pm me if you want more info.
 

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I live in Hunterdon Co, and use Hunterdon Pediatrics,we go to the Flemington office, but they also have one in Clinton. We see Dr.Alan Rushton, and we love him he is ok with me not vaxing, bf, no circ, they take insurance as well, i am always seen on time, in and out within 30 mins. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
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I can't say my children's ped is holistic or anything but I like him and he is willing to work with us and they take our insurance and many others. He is really nice and supportive of bfing. He did not have an issue with not circ'ing my ds2. DS6 is circ'ed. I had already decided not to circ the second time and since I got so much information from past Mothering articles I wasn't asking him for an opinion. I'm not thrilled about the type of office it is (more of a clinic, WIC is located in the same building) but it works for us. Sometimes there is a wait but I never feel rushed when he meets with us so I figure it's because he is taking his time with someone else so I don't mind waiting.<br><br>
Dr. William Bernstein is the head of St. Peter's Pediatrics in New Brunswick, 123 How Lane. I got his name from the NJAICV list. He is only there on Fridays. There is a wait of two months to see him. You cannot see him if your children are sick unless it is his day for sick calls. Sick children go into rooms 1-7 and well visits are in room 8-14 (or whatever the #s are). Since I rarely take my children to the doctor when they are sick it does not matter to me. I have taken them in the past because of birth trauma related problems and recently a weight issue that turned out to be a non issue, my children's allergist's scale was off by 14 lbs compared to the ped's scale. A recheck proved all was well, ds6.5 did not lose 14 lbs! When dd4 was born she refused to breastfeed for the first 7 days of her life (although she did latch well for the first 12 hours) and had some related blood chemistry issues/concerns but is still bfing today and is fine. At the time I saw interns (residents, whatever the term is for finished school but still in training) and then I would normally see the supervising doc. We went every other day until her blood chemistry was back to normal. I do not ask the ped about breastfeeding, I generally teach him something along the way. I actually got the most help from Rachel, Lisa, Ellen and Annemarie, all LLL Leaders of Edison (which no longer meets). I do not give my children antibiotics so we don't usually go except for injuries. Illness or injuries usually seem to happen at night around here so we've been to the ER (St.Peter's) or we will call the on call nurse that are there all night (in the same building). I actually just took dd4 to Medemerge in Greenbrook for stiches when she cut her head on a table in our family room last month and I was only charged for an office visit ($15) instead of an ER visit($50).<br><br>
We have been "delaying" vaxing my second and third children since birth. I did have my oldest, now 6.5, vaxed until about 12 - 15 months. His pediatrician Dr. Urgino of Somerset became ill and then died of lung cancer and the other doc in the office would not see anyone for about a year for well visits, only for sick visits which turned out to be a blessing because during that time I decided to stop vaxing and change docs. My mother was a school nurse (she died of caner in 2004) and I was always taught that you must vax so it was hard to not vax for me.<br><br>
Last time I was in the office (early October) Dr. Bernstein asked me to sign a special form for decling to vax. I didn't think about it at the time but I wonder if it is part of the new database that is being developed that I need to removed us from. I need to check on that. He used to just have me sign on my receipt which includes the weight, height, and codes for the visit, that he offered to vax but I declined at this time.<br><br>
Christina in NJ<br>
homeschooling, bfing two still, cosleeping, no vax anymore, no circ anymore<br>
ds6.5<br>
dd4<br>
ds2<br>
#4 on the way
 
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