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I posted a while back that I was thinking of switching doctors for my ds to the KPA - I just called them this morning and figured I'd post what they said.<br><br>
First off, there was a rumor that they didn't take babies that weren't born in hospitals. I asked about that, and they said that they do take babies from birth centers (she didn't specifically mention homebirths, but it didn't sound like they have a policy against it, anyway), and that they sometimes get a few babies from Lisa Ross.<br><br>
But when I asked whether they have a problem with delaying or skipping vaccinations, she transferred me to the office manager, then they said that they follow the AAP guidelines and believe in vaccinations, and if I don't believe in vaccinations that I would need to find a doctor who feels the same. They were polite about it, though. *shrug* So, I guess I need to go back to the original thread and see if those doctors that people suggested are on my insurance. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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You might want to schedule a visit with a doctor....I bet the office staff is trained to answer with set answers. maybe<br><br>
good luck!!
 

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KPA was actually our previous pediatricians. When we stopped vaccinating our older kids and didn't vaccinate our youngest daughter at all, we got kicked out of the practice. No one would see us there and they told us we had to find another pediatrician...and they weren't so nice about it. So now we see Dr. Rhea and absolutely love him!!!
 

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It is not just the office staff. The doctors expect you to follow the recommended schedule. If you don't want to they ask you to leave. I'm in the process of looking for a new doctor for DS because I fully expect us to get kicked out once we tell them that we aren't going to vax anymore.
 

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How is KPA with breastfeeding? I'm 29 weeks PG with #1 and that's my main concern right now. I haven't done enough research into delaying/avoiding vax to have a firm opinion on that, but it's very important to me to have a Ped that's supportive of BFing.<br>
KPA just happens to be about 2 miles from my house, so it would be the most convenient, but I'm happy to go elsewhere, just haven't gotten any recs from people who care about BFing
 

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We see Dr. Yen at the Grigsby Chapel office of KPA. She has been awesome about breastfeeding. She actually did many of our well visits when my kiddos were infants with them latched on. She thought it was great that I was nursing at 18 months.<br>
The thing I like most is how she handled supply/weight gain. Both my kiddos were born at over 8 lbs but were slow to gain weight. They barely doubled that in their first year. It took until about 18-20 months to reach 20 lbs. She NEVER once suggested that I didn't have enough milk. Her poisition was as long as they were growing consistantly and had plenty of wet/dirty dipes they were fine. (Also my dh was super skinny as a kid and it turns out both have his body shape, tall and thin). I believe alot of other Drs (probably some in KPA even) would have suggested supplementing with formula to boost weight gain.<br><br>
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We left the KPA after they told us that we had to vax or leave but we should have left long before. A nurse of theirs tried to retract DS and I seriously had to slap her hand to make her stop. Then they misdiagnosed DS multiple times saying he had reflux (without doing a scope) when he actually had a cow's milk protien allergy. When I had DS they didn't take people from LR only from certain hospitals. I think it was because they were so full but I guess all the non-vaxers have left room open <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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We see Dr. Stanley at the Cross Park office, and like the PP, he is totally all for breastfeeding and extended breastfeeding. No doctor or nurse has ever batted an eye at me nursing my 20 month old at her-or her brother's- appointment.<br><br>
My daughter is finally about 20 pounds, we grow 'em long and lean. Dr. Stanley said that she was fine, she was proportionate, and that God just makes everyone different. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> Everytime we came in, especially during the first year, he would say something along the lines of, "Nice looking breastfed baby!" and "Keep up the great work, mom!". Just very supportive, very friendly, and he never is in a rush. He is always truly available during our appointments.<br><br>
Gee, can you tell I'm happy with our pediatrician? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Hope that helps some!
 

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I got kicked out of KPA 8 years ago for selective vaccinating ... it's a bad feeling. Luckily, have had very good experience with Dr. Stepanie Shultz in West Knoxville (phone: 670-1560). She lets us pretty much decide what vaccinations to give.
 

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Wow that's horrible!
 
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