The Vaccine Debate is very real, in that the debate is occurring in every state nationwide. Many pregnant women and new parents don’t know what to believe. When you speak to your pediatrician they encourage you to vaccinate. When you do some research on the web, there are many other stories and opinions that say you shouldn’t. Fear is usually a part of the conversation, the fear of what will happen if you do vaccinate, the fear of what will happen if you do not vaccinate. Anna and I have both come to different conclusions in our personal family choice on this topic, however, we consistently raise the question at our annual LA event. What is the answer? In the US it is still ultimately the parent’s decision. We encourage you to think about it, as we do about all topics concerning pregnancy and being a parent. It is important to learn how to inquire and how to do so as a couple. As parents, we have to make crucial decisions on a daily basis. We encourage you to do so with as much information as you can gather, and without fear as your motivator. Here is an experience from one of our PAM viewers, a mom who had many crucial conversations before she made her personal decision. She is a contributor to PAM this month. Alisa Donner, Co-Founder of PAM
At this time in the US, the decision to vaccinate your baby or not is up to you.
We have grown up believing vaccines will protect us from harmful diseases. On the other hand, we all survived chicken pox without complications.
The vaccination schedule has accelerated over the past 30 years, so that a baby born today will have had three times the vaccines by age six months that you did by age eighteen. Vaccines, like any injection, have possible side effects that you are entitled to weigh against the true dangers of each disease.
This is your decision for your baby, and there is no one answer that works for everyone.
I had concerns about vaccines while I was pregnant nine years ago. I read several books on the subject and met with the doctor who was to become my daughter’s pediatrician. I questioned him at length and he assured me it was the right thing to do in order to “protect my baby.”
After all my initial exploration I decided to go ahead and vaccinate my baby. My heart said No, but logically I couldn’t come up with a good enough reason to stop the process.
Then, a week before my baby’s four month check-up my good friend Lili offered to lend me a DVD she had borrowed from her chiropractor concerning vaccines. I was slightly annoyed since I had already looked into it, the 4 month check-up was soon, and I’d already made my decision. In fact I already had one round down and we were moving forward, wasn’t it obvious?
Annoyed, I accepted the DVD and caught more flak from my husband. We’d already gone down that road looking for trouble, hadn’t we?
I didn’t rush to watch it, in fact I waited until my husband was working late one night and I had nothing else to do. The DVD was by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, a former ER doctor and the title was Vaccines: What CDC Documents and Science Reveal.
To say I was blown away would be an understatement. I couldn’t believe how clearly she explained why each vaccine causes more harm than benefit.
Dr. Tenpenny was so levelheaded and unbiased, and I was alarmed. I stayed up and waited for my husband to come home so he could confirm what I had just seen. She was a doctor after all and her explanations were coherent and understandable so that even a new mom with little sleep would be able to make an informed decision for her baby.
In the years since I decided not to vaccinate my children I have studied the subject closely. I feel more than comfortable saying I know what is best for my children because I have listened to reasonable people explain the facts.
If you’re at all curious about vaccinations, a good place to start is Dr. Tenpenny’s website, and take a look at her recommended links. I also like to read articles on Dr. Mercola’s website, for timely information.
Jill Jasen Ross, mom of two healthy kids and a contributor this month to PAM’s blog
DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed by Jill Jasen Ross and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of Pregnancy Awareness Month (PAM) or any employee thereof. PAM is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by Jill Jasen Ross. Consult with your own medical provider regarding your individual health questions or concerns.
More Resources on Both Sides of the Fence for you to also consider:
The Parent’s Concise Guide to Childhood Vaccinations – Dr. Lauren Feder, MD
Dr. Alan Greene, MD, FAAP: Do Vaccines Weaken the Immune System?
Bought, The Movie (trailer)
Dr. Robert Sears, MD, FAAP on Aluminum in Vaccines