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Choosing A Pediatrician: For Us It Was About Vaccines

flu shotWhen choosing a pediatrician there are many things to think about. Melissa Arca presents a great checklist for expectant parents in an article published today. While her list is comprehensive, I think it’s important to understand that finding ALL the things you want in a pediatrician is going to be difficult. Choose the most important issues for you. For us, it came down to these three necessities:

1. He/She takes our insurance sounds crazy but there are LOTS of doctors in L.A. (and N.Y.C. ) that don’t take any insurance these days.

2. He/She was close by (within 10 minutes)

3. He/She was flexible about vaccines.

Yes, we have chosen to delay vaccines for both of our sons. I’d like to highlight ‘delay’ since we are going to vaccinate them, just very slowly, and not so many.  Before you get all crazy on me, I’d like to add that we’ve done a lot of research (and remember, my husband is a scientist so he doesn’t accept ‘Jenny McCarthy’ as research). The more research we do, the more solid I feel about our choice.

That said, being that I’m prone to all sorts of anxieties, don’t think I’m not worried about my babies getting one of the hideous and horrible diseases that vaccines are ‘supposed’ to prevent. But, in my opinion, I’d rather worry about that than the side effects of vaccines–and no, I’m not talking about autism.

Luckily we found a pediatrician we love who practices both Western medicine and homeopathy- and has been working with us on our vaccine choices.

Ok, I’m wearing my flame-retardant pajamas. Hope I don’t get cancer.

Photo Credit: Flickr/europe district

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