Dear Pro-vaccination Parent

Dear pro-vaccination parent,

Can we be friends?

See, my child isn’t fully vaccinated. It’s not because we can’t for medical reasons, but rather we chose not to follow the recommended vaccination schedule. Call it reasons of religion, spiritual, personal. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that it’s a decision that I made with my family’s best interest at heart.

I mean you and your family no disrespect or harm.

Let me be clear on one thing. I am not anti-vaccination, but pro-choice.

Trust me when I tell you I’ve done my research. I do not believe everything I see, hear or read. I take all of the information that’s available to me, process it, and trust my instincts.

Please do not judge me, as I will not judge you.

I know you want to keep your child healthy and safe. I get it. This we have in common.

There are many ways in which we are different.

Our prenatal journey was different. Maybe we planned to have our children at a certain time, maybe we tried for weeks, months or years to get pregnant. Maybe our pregnancy was an unexpected surprise, like waking up on Christmas morning to unwrap a baby.

Our pregnancy was different. Maybe we followed all the rules, avoiding coffee, sushi and soft cheese. Maybe we drank wine or beer. Maybe we practiced prenatal yoga and ate organic foods. Maybe we didn’t change our lifestyle at all. Maybe we adopted.

Our birthing experience was different. Maybe we had a home birth. Maybe we had a midwife. Maybe we had a doctor and an epidural. Maybe we had a doctor and no epidural. Maybe we had a caesarean section.

Our parenting skills are different. Maybe we breastfed exclusively for two years. Maybe we breastfed for one month. Maybe we formula fed. Maybe we co-slept. Maybe we still co-sleep. Maybe we sleep-train. Maybe we vaccinate. Maybe we don’t.

Maybe we have our own vaccination schedule that is delayed or we have opted out of certain ones.

We have our reasons for the decisions we’ve made for our children and our families. We don’t have to agree with each other. We don’t have to compete. We don’t have to blame.

We are both parents, wanting what’s best for our children.

I know how you feel. You don’t want your child to get sick. You see my child as a threat.

I don’t want my child to get sick. I see certain vaccines as a threat.

These are the facts.

There is no right and wrong. Black or white. Easy choice.

We have the right to do what we feel is best for our children and our families. We have the right to listen to our heart.

Please, pro-vaccination parent,

do not judge me.

As I will not judge you.

Baby Boy

 

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