The pregnant wife of NRL football star Bryce Cartwright has revealed the couple do not believe in vaccinating their children or having them wear nappies.
Shanelle Cartwright, who married rugby league player in 2018, made the admissions about their anti-vaxx beliefs and parenting methods during an Instagram Q&A.
Shanelle, 20, and Cartwright, 24, welcomed their first child Koa in January 2018 and are preparing for the birth of their second, which is due in the coming days.
The young mother said she and Cartwright had not vaccinated their son, would not use nappies for their second child and ‘don’t trust hospitals’.
When asked by one follower whether she vaccinated her first son, Mrs Cartwright said she was firmly against injecting her children.
‘He’s not vaccinated – none of our babes will be,’ the young mother replied.
As a follow-up question the glamorous WAG was asked whether this would affect her children going to school.
But Mrs Cartwright said if unvaccinated children were one day banned from schools she already had a contingency plan in place.
‘They can go to school (so far)… if the law changes, I’ll home school before I vaccinate,’ she said.
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The problem with this message
While Shanelle may be receiving hundreds of messages of support the issue here is she has a following of over 6400 people on her Instagram alone and is spreading a message that is very dangerous to new parents that are often left questioning their choices.
Doctors are becoming so concerned by mummy bloggers and influencers that they are now vetting the websites prospective parents view.
One “motherhood influencer” even promoted a naturopath who claimed gluten and dairy increase the risk of miscarriages.
A new survey from Murdoch University found that less than 35 per cent of new mothers said their doctor was their primary source of health information.
OBSTETRICIAN Dr Alexander Polyakov told Daily Telegraph he was seeing patients who had adopted “ridiculous” health beliefs after reading misinformation online, posted by bloggers.
This included a couple who falsely believed IVF caused cancer and would-be parents who had self-diagnosed dairy and gluten intolerances.
I think it is super important that influencers don’t force their ridiculous beliefs onto others that may be feeling vulnerable and confused.
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