My baby is four-months and eight days old and has never been to the doctor. But that is about to change tomorrow when I take her to her first appointment. In the opinion of many moms this might be grounds for a “Worst Mother of the Year” nomination, but I had my reasons.
In the beginning I didn’t need to take her to a doctor, because all of our postpartum care was with my midwives from the birthing center. Then after that I procrastinated because I didn’t know where to take her (apparently I didn’t get the memo about looking into pediatricians during pregnancy). Then I procrastinated more, because I didn’t want to vaccinate her just yet and I figured that all they really do at well-baby checkups is administer vaccinations and weigh your baby. Fern was weighed on a weekly basis at a breast feeding support group I attended, so all that was left (in my mind) were vaccinations.
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I’m not anti-vaccine…I’m also not pro-vaccine. I’ve mentioned before, that I consider myself to be a mish mash parent and I don’t subscribe to any one way of doing things and that goes for my approach to health care for my baby. I don’t consider myself to be a hippie, despite the fact that I had my baby in a tub without drugs and had my placenta encapsulated, I actually grew up partaking in all the typical Western medicine practices. But now, I’m approaching things from a much more cautious perspective.
I just don’t want to make choices blindly or do things just because everyone else does them. I’m in charge of another life and I can’t take that lightly. Every choice I make for my baby is going to have some type of consequence; positive or negative. From what I’ve read I’m currently planning to delay vaccinations, but that could change. I could decide to go ahead and get them right away, I could decide to get them never, but for now I’m taking my time and learning all that I can.
I’m hoping that tomorrow’s appointment goes well and that Fern and I feel comfortable with the pediatrician. From what I’ve heard from friends who go to this doctor, she’s very respectful of the choices that parents make for their children, which is exactly what I’m looking for.
When was your baby’s first doctor appointment?
How did you choose your pediatrician?