When thousands of women complain of the same side effects from their contraception; when business is considering adopting period leave; when maternal morbidity and mortality is rising in the USA and the western world has abysmal breastfeeding success rates, we have a much bigger problem than any of those issues individually suggest.
The medical community is failing people. That's why they turn to Facebook groups and Google for answers. That's why you get people passionately insisting that XYZ that worked for them, will work for everyone. Thats why you get the "mummy wars" hot-topics: Vaginal vs Cesarean, Breast v's Bottle, Vax or No Vax, Sleep Train or Attachment Parent, and the accompying accusations of causing 'shame' and 'judgement' or of being a 'sanctimommy' or 'breast/Nazi". That's why you get people accusing eachother of being horrible parents and saying things like "your kids should be taken away".
Because you have all these people who are looking for answers, and looking for credibility in those answers finding that their health professional either belittles them, or tells them they "must" do ABC. That it is the only way. And far far too often, that recommended course of action is not evidence based.
By the 6 week vaccination date, any sane parent who has caught on to many Doctor's lack of evidence based practicing would be running for the hills when presented with a vaccination consent form that says the only side effects are a temperature and small rash.
If patients can't trust their doctors to give them non-biased, evidence based information, outlining the risks and benefits of ALL possible courses of action equally, whilst taking their personal situation into account, then why are we surprised that vaccination rates are falling fastest amongst well educated parents?
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