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Old 10-07-2015, 01:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Torch View Post
I was fully vaccinated as a child and teenager. I was also breastfed and a very healthy child. To this day I still think that I have a strong immune system. I've never had a flu shot or anything more than the absolutely mandatory vaccines to attend primary school and college (I'm 27, so aside from a tetanus shot I got about three years ago after an accident, I'd say I haven't had vaccines in at least ten years).

My only preventative plan for protecting my unborn child is breastfeeding/limited exposure the first two weeks of life. And really my primary reason for limited exposure is to bond with my baby and not have a million people over. Luckily our extended family lives far away, so only myself, my husband, and my parents will likely see the baby the first two weeks.

Everyone has to do what they're comfortable with. I enjoy reading the differing opinions and the philosophies behind them. As with any aspect of raising children, most ideas/suggestions are sort of controversial. But discussion breeds understanding and knowledge, so I'm all for it.
Pretty much reflects my views/thoughts...only I'm 30 and we have zero family near.

Originally Posted by release the hounds View Post
I think new parents should stay home with kids, at least for a year at least 90% of the time.

anyway, i've probably hijacked enough, lets get those new babies here. They're more interesting anyway.
I wish this was possible. I wish the US would take a page out of other countries' books on maternity much.

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Old 10-07-2015, 03:00 PM
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We are very blessed with Brian's job and the ability for me ti stay home the last 8 years and many years in the forseeable future. It has had great benefits for not only Hannah but me as well!

We decided todo Hannah's shots on schedule. I don't know yet if we will or won't with the new one.

I have my first appointment on the 15th but that's mostly just to go over medical history and family history, etc. I'm going to schedule a first trimester ultrasound with a local non profit that helps at risk women and also provides training opportunities for US techs.

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Old 10-07-2015, 03:10 PM
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Now there's a little monster, getting bigger every day
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Old 10-07-2015, 07:58 PM
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Honestly, we're likely going to be doing selective and spread out schedules for non-core vaccines for the munchkin himself. The vaccine schedule differences between the 80s and today are a bit mind boggling, though I have had some good discussions about the differences in manufacturing practices with several pediatricians. For sure we're putting off HepB and Chicken Pox vaccines for a bit. The doc we picked is well known for being very individualized with her vaccine schedules and that's what I really want - someone who looks at the individual situation when deciding what makes sense, discusses pros and cons, and then applies that info to real life.

The vaccine requirement for family is purely because of how close to birth they are visiting and the fact that munchkin is being born during peak flu season with people traveling a long distance to visit - everyone has been very understanding and no family discord has been created.

I, too, really wish that the US offered paid maternity (and paternity, too for that matter) leave like so many other first world countries. It's quite ridiculous to expect families to go back to work like nothing has changed so soon after birth!
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