A friend, fellow acupuncturist and new Mum visited me recently. We talked about becoming Mums and the emotive topic of vaccination. I asked her if she would be a guest on my blog and write about her experiences.
She has happily obliged….
Whilst I was pregnant I did all I could to keep healthy, relaxed and happy, benefitting me and our baby girl. We had a hypnobirthing, natural, home water birth, all that I had hoped for! I was determined not to give my birthing power and experience over to the hospital, and to welcome our baby calmly at home. So, our beautiful, perfect girl was finally here, and we were thrust into the system of appointments, weighing, tests etc that are all normal to newborns and mums.
Jeez it was a lot, and looking back, I was tired and vulnerable. When the appointment card arrived in the post for her first lot of vaccinations, we went along with it. Even though I’m a holistic therapist and don’t agree with this practice. I still did it!! Literally as she had the five diseases injected into her thighs, I cried, I couldn’t get her quick enough to nurse her. It felt so wrong to my core, but I woke up, and said, no more. You know a baby has 18 injections given to them in the UK before the age of 3!
Luckily I have a fab friend who has decided not to vaccinate her two children, and got me onto the arnicanetwork.org. I’m pleased to say I’m involved with starting a support group in my area. There were 4 of us at the first meeting, and we shared differing experiences relating to our children’s health. The arnica group is to support parents CHOICES in health and natural immunity for our kids. I think as with most things in life, we need to find others that share our views and choices, and who allow us to learn and grow. I really feel this group is a wonderful forum to allow this.
The biggest shock for me is what the vaccines contain, I really think most parents and health professionals don’t even know. Certainly if you are vegan, these are not for you… Most shockingly these drugs are not tested. It would cost billions to properly research this, and would surely be an ethical minefield. This to me is the biggest decision maker. It’s a very hard decision, and I believe all parents should have all the information freely available to make this choice about their children’s future. One last thing…. Surgeries’ budgets are dependant on a high uptake of vaccines, food for thought…
For more detailed information on vaccinating go to www.vaccineriskawareness.com
I would like to thank Charlotte for writing this piece. Her experience as a newbie Mum is invaluable and she expresses well, the difficulties and challenges faced by new parents in today’s society. Making decisions for our children is part of everyday life. Big decisions around vaccinations need to be researched. There is pressure to vaccinate within the medical system. Know that you have a choice and there is support out there to support your decision. Ultimately you make the decision that is right for you and your baby which is all that matters.
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