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[Dec. 5th, 2007|01:11 pm]
Vaccine Awareness & Education


 I'm trying to make my newborns first baby checkup appointment but I'm having a hard time finding one that accepts medicaid. Also I'm nervous about finding a doctor that shares my views on vaccinations. How do I go about finding the perfect pediatrician?

[User Picture]From: krisw
2007-12-05 09:26 pm (UTC)
you might try the forums on Mothering.com; specifically the "finding your tribe" section for your area.
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[User Picture]From: momtojames
2007-12-05 09:28 pm (UTC)
I interviewed a couple of peds before deciding on one. They didn't charge for the appointment. My first questions were about delaying vaccinations, if they were defensive I ended the interview. I found one (the third I talked to) that I like and doesn't mind me delaying.
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[User Picture]From: erinmdmd
2007-12-05 09:53 pm (UTC)
For me it was trial and error. I recommend being confident in your decisions and not giving the impression that they are open for discussion. You are there for medical advice, but many peds lie to give parenting advice. Because I am not there for parenting advice, I typically just ignore what they have to say about sleeping or discipline or whatever. If the doctor is persistent, I simply state, "I am not looking for parenting advice, you are a medical doctor." and repeat as needed. When the doctor pushes the vaccination issue (we don't vax) or pressures me to wean, etc, I simply state "I am comfortable with my decision and its not open to discussion." Stay calm and spea with confidence.

That said, we're on our third ped. The first was a naturopath who, IMO, dropped the ball regarding some issues my daughter was having as a newborn. The second was an MD who started pressuring me to wean/indroduce solids/vaccinate. I gave him two more appointments wherein I repeated my statements until I was blue in teh face.

The final doctor is a licensed midwife and naturopath. She does well woman care and sees pediatric patients. She is comfortable with whatever I choose in regards to vaccinations and does not give parenting advice. Our appointments typically last 45 minutes, which gives my daughter time to be comfortable before her exam and gives me and the doctor a chance to really discuss questions or concerns. I feel that she respects my role as an expert on my daughter.

I would be inclined to see anyone who would accept your daughter as a patient, given the restrictions you face with your daughter's insurance. Don't be afraid to be assertive. And don't be afraid to put the doctor in his place. And don't be afraid to walk out. Switch if necessary.

I doubt I will do regular well baby visits with future children, particularly if we move away from our current doctor. As it is now, we go because I lie talking about my baby and I like our doctor- not because I think there is anything wrong with my daughter. In the end, it may be worth it for you to pay out of pocket for occasional visits from a care provider who you like and trust.
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[User Picture]From: queensuzi
2007-12-05 10:20 pm (UTC)
As for finding a ped that shares your views, good luck. From what i understand peds are the lowest paid on the Dr scale. They make the majority of their income of vaccinations. I am super duper lucky and found one that is ok with delaying vax. At first I said I was just going to delay it but now that she is nearing 2 the last appt my Dr said "are you still waiting on vax?" She was so cool about it. My insurance is being switched in Jan. and she doesnt take it. i am just going to pay out of pocket because I love her. She gives a huge discount if you pay cash at the visit, so be sure and ask about a discount if your insurance doesnt pay for the doctor you like.
Say it is your religious belief. It is rare for a religion to be "for" vaxing. Even the bible states many times against it. I have learned that if you say it is your religion people tend to leave you alone.
There is a site that lists all the bible verses against it if your interested.
One more thing I have learned, you dont have to give any reasons for any of your actions in parenting. You dont owe anyone any explanations on why you do what you do.
*just my 2 cents*
good luck finding one. I second Mothering.com
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