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I found a business card at my door from the health dept...specifically from someone with a title as "nutritionist and maternity health something or other"...do you think she is coming to check why I am not vaccinating my 3 month old? I am freaking out? Or do you think she is checking to see how breastfeeding is going? I have never had a baby in the state of WA until now.<br><br>
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Either way, you have no obligation to talk to them.
 

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I think in some states these visits are typical, I don't know anything about your state. I would go ahead & call them now & get some answers. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Good luck!
 

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Do you think you fit an "at risk" group: "minority", single, low income? I read a thread a couple of months ago about home nurse visits being pushed on some moms in certain catagories (though that may have been with newborns). In any case it is not illegal nor neglectful not to vaccinate your baby; you don't have to speak to them.
 

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no I don't fit at risk group at all....but when I didn't give Hep B at hospital she said she is going to report me...I said go ahead.<br><br>
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Don't let her in. She's not a CPS worker...who I wouldn't let in either. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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She might have came by to try to convince you to vaccinate. I wouldn't talk to her if I were in your situation.
 

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I doubt it has anything to do w/ vaccines.<br><br>
Many counties have nurses who drop by to visit post partum moms. though, most of them call first.
 

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I get post partum visits here in IN. They just are making sure that we know how to handle the baby and that we're up on her milestones.
 

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Hmm...I had my first baby in IN and I never got a visit there. However, I did fully vaccinate my first baby.<br><br>
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I am in WA and haven't heard of any routine visits like that. Update us if you find anything out please. I wouldn't stress about it though, its probably not a big deal.
 

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I didn't give my daughter hep b in the hospital and nobody reported me. But I did make an appt to have it later. That was the first time I realized that I had the right to delay/not vax. You're awesome that you already know that!<br><br>
Don't talk to her and don't let her in. I went to a postpartum thing to have my daughters ears tested once and it was just a ruse to get me in to do a mental health evaluation/parenting evaluation. I did refuse the catheder and hepb, but I never was weird. I'm not in any risk group (white, married, middle class, etc.) It was freaky and I can't imagine how it would have felt if I had been in an at risk group!<br><br>
Do you remember them offering any kind of hearing test or service after birth? They shouldn't be coming by without an appt anyway. I can't believe someone said that they'd report you. Was it a pediatrician or a nurse? Lots of people here in WA don't give vaccines, especially at birth. I think you should report that person for threatening you!<br><br>
Congratulations on your new baby!<br>
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I am in WA and I have never heard of that. Do you take baby in for well baby visits at all? Could a neighbor have reported you for something? There are no programs here where the health dept just pays visits to new moms. They only go if there is a reason, if something has been reported to them.
 

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I am in WA and with my son they offered that, probably because I was so young. It was like a "making sure you know what you're doing" thing. It was however, optional, and they made scheduled appointments. Don't let her in, it's your home and your baby. I also can't believe that she said she was going to report you, that's ridiculous!
 

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I gave birth to two babies in Washington, and neither one was vaxed at birth or ever, for that matter, and I've NEVER had issues with the health department. I also wouldn't let them or talk to them.
 

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I think it was the nurse at the hospital who threatened to report her. This person who left the card is a different person. Is that right?<br><br>
AidynElyMama - how did you get signed up for this? Who put you on their list? The OB? Just curious.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think it was the nurse at the hospital who threatened to report her. This person who left the card is a different person. Is that right?<br><br>
AidynElyMama - how did you get signed up for this? Who put you on their list? The OB? Just curious.</div>
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Sorry, realized that made it look like I meant the lady...I meant the nurse, can't believe she threatened it...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
As far as the list, I think it was something that the hospital I birthed at offered, I don't know if it was all moms or just certain ones who had "risk" factors (like I said, I was young when I had my son, only 19. It was like a PP nurse who could come and weigh the baby and check to make sure all was well every few months. I declined it, because I was already taking him for well visits with a pediatrician who supported my decisions and I really didn't care to have some stranger in my house poking around my baby.
 

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They had a similar program in NC called "The Baby Love Program". It was for women on Medicaid. The maternal health coordinator made prenatal visits to check out your place (no meth labs, etc.) and then talked to you about breastfeeding, prenatal nutrition, WIC, etc. After the baby was born, she came to check on you again- how's it going, are you feeling any depression, how's the breastfeeding, is your husband beating you, etc.<br><br>
It wasn't a big deal. I had one come around for the prenatal visit, and it was nothing. Vaccinations didn't even come up. When I decided to have a homebirth instead I withdrew from the program. If she's a maternal health coordinator, that's probably what's going on.
 
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