Sarah - posted on 01/06/2016 ( 20 moms have responded )
I live in Edmonton, AB - and have a 11 month old daughter. I admit I am quite "crunchy", I believe that any illness or issue should try to be solved first by natural, homeopathic methods before any sort of medical intervention is used. I do completely understand that sometimes modern medicine is necessary, and I do appreciate that but I just prefer trying other routes first. With that being said, I have yet to do any vaccinations on my daughter, that is not to say she never will, but I do not agree with the schedule set out, and there are some vaccinations I do not agree with at all.
I had an at home, water birth with a wonderful, supportive midwife, but once the 6 week postpartum check up was over I was overwhelmed by the drastic change in care for my daughter once switching to a pediatrician. I went through 3 different ones, all ignorant, extremely pushy, and disrespectful. So I began taking my daughter to a naturopath at our local birthing centre. I do really enjoy the care there, never rushed, never pushed, and of course she agrees with my way of thinking so its been great, however - insurance does not cover these types of practitioners so I paid 100.00 first visit, and 60.00 every visit after that.
Now, I am 10 weeks pregnant with baby number 2, and as much as I would love to continue seeing a naturopath, it just doesn't make sense to be spending so much money each visit, for two separate babies.
My hope is that I can find a pediatrician who will be more understanding, less judgmental and pushy. I completely understand that all pediatricians will recommend their views on medicine, vaccinations etc as that is there job, but there is a difference between recommending and forcing. Anyone have any suggestions?