Category Archives: Becoming Pro-Vax

  • Freedom, Responsibility, Education, and Vaccines

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    Speaking up for vaccines is important. I didn’t know that it was until I had kids. Even in the beginning, I was the opposite of vocal on parenting choices, mostly because as soon as I was a mother, I became painfully aware of the constant judgment we face. Beginning before the baby even arrives we get […]

  • The Book That Had to be Written

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    Like many people, I came to writing after a love affair with reading. The last book count in my house was over ten thousand. We have twenty-five “official” bookcases and a dozen more piles scattered everywhere else. And like many of my fellow writers, I don’t write so much as rewrite. I have changed the […]

  • Stop Using my Children to Scare Parents out of Vaccinating

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    It was never my intention in life to become a vaccine advocate. I have to do enough just advocating for my kids, as two of three are on varying degrees of the autism spectrum. Multiple times a year we have to draw up new treatment plans, new IEPs, start calling people out when things are […]

  • Protecting Those Who Need It Most

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    When my son was 3 years old and my daughter 5 months, a woman emailed a local mothers’ listserv and revealed that her son had pertussis. He was unvaccinated.  The mother brought the child to a strip mall where many children who were too young to be fully vaccinated, including my daughter, were present and […]

  • I was Duped by the Anti-Vaccine Movement

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    My journey into the anti-vaccination scene began when I became pregnant with my one and only child. It all started when I watched the documentary The Business of Being Born and decided to pursue a home-birth midwife. After months of searching, I found one in my area who agreed to take me under her care. […]

  • From Anti-Vax to Pro-Vax: Natural Parenting Perspective

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    Almost seven years ago my journey in motherhood began. My son was born into this world in our bedroom, though it left him scarred (a severe obstetric brachial plexus injury). And while he should have been whisked away to a hospital and promptly given a Vitamin K shot (he was a severe shoulder dystocia with major hematoma on his […]

  • I’m a Crunchy, Libertarian Pro-vaxxer

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    I might be the last person you’d expect to be pro-vaccine. I might also be the first person you’d expect to be called a “hippie.” I like midwives, extended breastfeeding, alternative schooling, wholesome foods, homemade cloth diapers, cleaning with baking soda & vinegar, cooperative living, home remedies, not trusting the government, reusing secondhand things, do-it-yourself-ing…and […]

  • The Vaccine Mom on the Power of Information

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    When my daughter was born in January of 2013, I looked down at her and promised that I’d never let anything bad happen to her. Of course, I couldn’t really promise that. But, what I could do is try my best to do everything in my power to protect her from harm. She is the biggest driving force, […]

  • Invisible Threat: Roxy and Ethan’s Story

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     Invisible Threat is an eye-opening 40-minute documentary produced by California high school students that explores the science of vaccination and how fears and misperceptions have led some parents to make dangerous decisions.   In recognition of the national launch on May 1 of the Invisible Threat movement, we are participating in a blog relay to raise awareness of this important issue.  […]

  • Colton’s Battle

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    “To each their own.” That was always my mindset regarding vaccinations. I have always vaccinated my children, but I figured it was no harm to me if you chose not to vaccinate yourself or your children. However, that mindset quickly changed this winter.  My fifteen-week-old son, Colton, developed a bit of a cough.  At first […]