I can't seem to find the natural parenting board so I thought I would post here. DH and I decided not to vaccinate and now he is having second thoughts. I am looking for some good reading material on it. If you know of any or can point me in a better direction, please share!!
Thanks so much ladies!!
I don't think there is a natural parenting anymore!
I found Dr. Sear's Vaccine Book to be a helpful starting off point.
I know there are quite a few Facebook groups about non vaxing that I'm sure share good information, but I'm not a part of any of them to be able to lead you to those sharing good info. But it's a place to start to find articles and research.
I don't think that board exists anymore, but many women on the Birthing Naturally board either do not vaccinate, or have studied the matter and would have links.
I don't, at least not yet (we're "still deferring"), but I don't have links handy (I have of course read a metric ton, but I don't keep them handy because I don't really like to discuss the issue--it's SUCH a hot-button topic) but since you're asking I will be happy to see if I can dig some up from my decision-making days I agree with Jackie that Dr Sears is a good place to start, though.
And a natural parenting board would be nice!
Good for your husband for re-thinking this hugely important step!
Cloth diapering is great for the environment, your pocketbook and your baby's bum. Vaccines are great for keeping your child healthy for her own sake and for the immunocompromised people she may encounter. Be responsible and vaccinate.
Here are a few links for consideration:
Thanks so much for the help ladies. I haven't read Dr sears book yet so I'll look into that. After DH did some research he quickly remembered why we had decided not to vaccinate to begin with. I was very happy about that. Now our struggle is finding a dr who will see us. Everywhere we have gone so far they won't let us come back once they know we don't vaccinate...
I'm also curious as to why you decided not to vaccinate at all? I've read lots of articles about delaying, or skipping certain vaccines. I'm curious why you decided to skip all of them?
* Same question to Leigh if she doesn't mind answering!
We've been lucky that so far vaccines and ped appointments are two different things - we go to the immunization clinic on base for vaccines and the ped appt has nothing to do with that. We are occasionally asked if Aiden is "on track" and I reply with "he's on track for our family."
DH and I believe there are waaaaay too many vaccines for such small babies these days. All these vaccines together just has not be studied enough to be able to say they're safe as recommended in our opinions. We've done selective vaccinations so far and have delayed quite a few (most we're willing to go back and have him get slowly once he's much older). There are some vaccines that I think the vaccine risk is much greater than the risk of getting the disease AND it causing problems for our children. And now these days we're having more and more outbreaks of things that are resistant to the vaccines that we made to prevent them in the first place. Apparently herd immunity worked so well that what we thought we were protected against has adapted to overcome our science (like measles where many of such affected children ARE immunized sadly). I think some families feel that there's just too much risk period with any vaccine and would prefer to delay all vaccines for years or all together. Most non-vaxing families know the risks they're taking and are willing to accept them knowing that if their child comes down with something there's a vax for they're responsible for that. My mom didn't understand our stance till I showed her what vaccines she got for me and when (by my childhood records) and then showed her the current CDC schedule. She had zero idea that there were such vast differences. There were quite a few I didn't get till school age or beyond (wasn't "required" back then or it was new).
This is a hot button topic as we all know, but as long as the family has informed themselves I don't care what decision they've made. I don't think there's a wrong or a right decision, just the one you've made that works best for your family.