Hi ladies, after reading articles, comments and anything which pops up about the Whooping cough vaccination, i found people who dint show any harm and also people who said that their unborn kid(s) died in a day or two after the vaccine.
I went on to see the trend being followed in other countries, and it appears to me that the vaccine is not really administered in pregnant women as a general rule around the world - because of its 'not so sure' effects on pregnancy.
some of you might be worrying about whether to take the vaccine or not. While it remains your personal choice, I thought I would share what I was told by my very experienced Aunty who is a highly intelligent and successful doctor with and runs her own Maternity hospital in India.
In her opinion she would never give me a whooping cough jab, especially given the fact that I already had it as a child (and I am immune to it, so logically my baby while inside me is also immune to whooping cough). There are chances that the baby may contract it during the first two months of her life, but given the history of UK in 2012 with around 1000 reported cases of whooping cough, she says the probability of this is very low.
However, she did advised me against traveling and keeping the baby inside the home for the first 40 days atleast, with minimum intervention from outsiders or non-family members with unknown disease history (which made me curious if I would really allow the care-providers from NHS to interfere much). also I am in a slightly better condition to demand non-intervention, because I would be having three highly experienced and valuable ladies with me in form of my own mother, my own nanny and my mother in-law. My mom-in-law is also a retired nurse (and she worked most of her life in Netherlands and is well aware of European vaccination schedules, though not UK particularly)
I was also advised by my aunt to keep the baby strictly on breast-feed atleast until 6th month of the child, after that i can supplement it with formula milk or better still mashed/liquid food. this is to develop the natural immunity of the child.
So there is general consensus emerging in my family that I would not be at all taking the Whooping cough injection. Although as my aunt would be sending me a vaccine schedule which I might have to follow (this may have to do something with my Asian decent). I would discuss these other vaccines in detail with my mid-wife tomorrow and see if they can administer me the same and if not than why not ( i think a little homework in this would be generally useful, not only for me, but for a lot of us in similar situation)
I might even consider having a non-intervention natural home-birth although it sounds bit scary at the moment. But I have a strong feeling that NHS is very interventionist and irresponsible ( after hearing that women lost their babies due to whooping cough vaccines and also remembering the recent audit against NHS Scotland which was bizarre and shocking)
But i think all of us are capable of making informed decisions and I though I would share my decision and reasons behind it.
Also, World Health Organization, advises administering the whooping cough vaccine to the child for the first time when he/she is 2 months, but does not say anything about the vaccine to be given to pregnant women (atleast I have not come across it yet)
Only countries where the vaccine is more popular is UK and USA where the instances of Whooping cough are anyways much lesser than other developing countries of the world (India as I said, does not allow doctors to use this vaccine on pregnant women and would consider it to be a case of medical negligence if a mishap happens after giving the vaccine)
So please, dont only talk to your mid-wives about it, but also maybe consult doctors around the world if you have the fortune of knowing some, or friends who can help get advise on this.