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Here's the thing...<br><br>
Long story short, I filled out a bunch of paperwork for Medicaid and CHIP for my 4 month old ds, and waited for the <i>longest</i> time. We contacted them and they said they would call us - finally, we received a letter two months later saying we qualify for Medicaid and to call the offices within a week or they would cancel our request. Too bad we got the letter AFTER the cancelation date. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> So now we have to start the WHOLE process over again, meanwhile, we do not have health insurance for my ds and he has not seen a pediatrician since he was 6wks. Of course, I don't feel the need to take him for a check-up (which would be hard for us the afford, as we are living paycheck to paycheck) because he is fine, eating well, growing well, hasn't been sick, and is ahead developmentally. I'm a first time mama, so maybe I am completely wrong and ignorant not to take him to regular checkups with a ped. I want to get him vaxed for DTap, but that's it, and I've been putting that off too (which I wanted to do anyway, but I guess that's another discussion entirely).<br><br>
I am surrounded by mainstream mamas who vax, circumcise, and put blind faith in modern medicine and interventions, so anyone would be horrified to know we don't have a pediatrician. So my question is, from a crunchy, experienced mama's POV, how important is it to have a regular pediatrician? Am I a bad mama for not taking my child to checkups? How important is it if he "seems" perfect health-wise? I know I am sure to hear different opinions about this, which I really welcome.
 

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I feel its very important to have a Pediatrician (not a family practice Doc). Now in our case I have a child with special needs (hence why I want a Ped and not a Family Practice Doc). But even if I didn't I would want to develop a strong positive relationship with a medical professional I trusted with my children. Especially when I was a first time Mom. I had no one around me I could ask questions about development and health issues. But I could call my Peds office and talk with the nurse or the Ped to answer my questions. Sure you could ask online, but thats not always a good idea.<br><br>
My 2 cents.
 
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