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We've got the best ped ever right now, but at the end of May she's leaving the practice for political type reasons. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> She's not sure if she'll continue to practice in town or not.<br><br>
So we'll be back in the situation of looking for a good ped. We've got a few family practice places in town, but I like the specialty of pediatrics, yet the other 2 groups in town I'm not thrilled with.<br><br>
We have a wonderful naturopath in town though, and I'm wondering if I shouldn't just try to use her as our kiddos dr. Has anyone done this? Do you feel that they do a thorough job with children even if it's not their specialty?<br><br>
FTR we don't vax, so we need a dr that's appreciative of our reasons why and won't harass us.<br><br>
What kind of dr do you use for your kids? What would you look for in one if you had to switch now? We went through 3 drs before finding the right fit. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Here's the stuff we asked about when we interviewed our ped: <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=427701" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=427701</a><br><br>
We don't have a naturopath ped in town (the closest seriously crunchy ped is nearly two hours away and I won't take the bean on a road trip every time she's sick -- seems mean <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> ), but if we had one, and s/he were reputable, I'd take the bean there. I worked with a great naturopath who moved out west prior to us TTC and she continued to work with me throughout the whole next year even after she moved.<br><br>
But that's impractical when dealing with a baby, so we looked for a local pediatrician.<br><br>
Have you asked yours if she's leaving the area? Maybe she's gonna open her own practice <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Good luck!
 

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well, our ped retired due to having colon cancer...and we haven't found or even wanted another since. We just haven't needed one, thank the Lord. But we are choosing not to vax this babe and are also expecting a girl this time so we won't really (hopefully) have any reason to see one for quite some time.<br><br>
Sorry I'm no help. Wish there was something on the internet to find vax free friendly peds like there was for finding a midwife and a doula. LOL Hope you find something.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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If I had the option of a naturopath, I'd definitely opt for that as a first route if my baby/child was sick. Unfortunatley I don't have anyone like that in my city (30 min would be the closest and that's just too inconvenient for me, plus it would be all out-of-pocket expenses which is a LOT). Anyway, what we've done in the past since we don't vax and don't do well baby checks either is to just bring the baby/child in to whoever can see her first in the practice if she's sick. We have gotten crap from docs about not vaxing but I brush it off. But pretty much for these little emergency visits the doc is in and out of the room real quick - you know how they can be. Right now we're a part of a major HMO and I was real concerned about having to deal with a doctor there, but my older dd recently had to be seen a couple times and she was actually really great and simply asked about her vax being up to date, etc. and didn't give us a hard time when we said we weren't doing those anymore (we did some of them with our first dd). Anyway, hopefully you can find someone who isn't a pain for you and that you can use as little as needed like we do. Really, my kids hardly ever have reason to see their doctor.
 
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