Rachael

In making the decision whether to immunise our child, we wanted to prioritise her best interests, rather than respond to fear or misinformation.  Just as we did when choosing to home birth.  Just as we did when taking her to the Cranio-Sacral Osteopath from three days old,  supporting her with Chinese herbs and naturopathic remedies, …

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Leela

My babies were born small, both under 2.785kg. I breastfeed, use probiotic powder, and rely on homeopathics for both protection and remedy. I treat my children very empathically, like they are little humans with self-determination and individual rights, because they are and they have. Before I was a parent, I had many idealistic notions of …

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Renée

Some parts of modern society aren’t great. Plastic packing and convenience food are too pervasive, and our suburbs should be designed for people instead of cars. We resist this by growing our own food and keeping chickens who eat our scraps. It’s important that my daughter Saskia has some link to where our food comes …

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Katie

I have never been worried about vaccines. For as long as I can remember, I knew that when I had children, I would immunise them. It never occurred to me that vaccines were not responsible for the amazing leaps forward in public health that have either fully or partly eradicated diseases like smallpox, polio and …

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Justine

My early life was spent in a happy hippie home in Canberra. I remember conversations about vaccination; I had been vaccinated and some of my parent’s friends did not agree with this. My mother was a scientist and a feminist who thought that raising ‘thinking’ girls was very important. She would always ask, “Have you …

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Andrew

Having someone in my family with a chronic illness is challenging.  My wife Amy has lupus, and a common cold can put her in hospital. My key focus is to keep Amy healthy, and she is vulnerable because she cannot be immunised against all diseases. I rely on the people around us to keep disease …

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