Should Catholics Get the HPV Vaccine?

The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended universal vaccination against HPV for all 12-year-olds, both boys and girls. Our government is debating the need to mandate this vaccine against an STD. What more evidence do we need of the absurdly sad state of morality within the United States? Sexuality is Satan’s primary foothold in our society. We need to keep up the good fight. But do our beautiful 12-year-olds, many still so sweet and innocent, need the HPV vaccine? As a catholic pediatrician and mother, I would like to offer my perspective on this debate.

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Birth Control While Breastfeeding and During the Post-Partum Period

I was taught in medical school never to leave a newborn delivery without discussing birth control with the new mother.  The exhausted, delighted mothers and smiling fathers would always give the physician a puzzled look when asked, minutes after delivery, what their birth control plans were.  It seemed like a rude, dark interruption of the joyful fleeting moments after the miracle of birth.

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