Maybe I have a misguided notion that the parents and family doctor should work as a team for the health of children.
But I can’t seem to find a doctor who is right for this family.
A doctor who won’t patronize me.
A doctor who won’t blow me off when I present information from my own research.
A doctor who will appreciate my instincts when something just isn’t “right” with my kids.
A doctor who won’t scoff when I want to make decisions for MY own children.
That’s not what I found today. We had an appointment with a new doctor (again). He came highly recommended by the mommas at Mothering.com discussion forums. Maybe I had high expectations that this would be the doctor for us. I was wrong. (Again.)
He criticized our decision to selective/delay vaccinations. He said he preferred vaccinations to be given as early as possible so the kids won’t be scared to come back to the doctor. What the…??? That is *not* a valid reason for giving vaccinations to infants.
He told me I put my son in danger by having a homebirth despite having negative Group B Strep testing. He said the danger came because my 2nd daughter was (supposedly) Group B Strep +, therefore, my son was at a much greater risk. I should have been in the hospital with antibiotics giving birth. I tried to explain that I had a highly competent midwife who kept a close eye on both my son and me throughout my pregnancy and postpartum. Didn’t matter.
Despite the fact that he proclaimed my kids healthy, I walked out of the doctor’s office with 2 unnecessary prescriptions.
Just how hard is it to find a natural parenting friendly doctor?