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.

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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.

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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.

Do you think social media is dangerous for vulnerable parents?

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  • I think social media can be dangerous full stop.


  • I think social media s dangerous to anyone who doesn’t think critically.


  • This is where the problems of Social Media come in to play. Its fine for people to have their own opinion, but for heavens sake keep it yourself.


  • I don’t follow social media and even if I did I wouldn’t take on board any suggestions by bloggers when it comes to raising children. I have always followed my own instincts or sought the advice of professionals.


  • Everyone is entitled to their opinion but I wouldn’t follow a blogger when it came to the welfare of my children.


  • I do think these messages are damaging. Many people trust in verything some influencers say. I would only ever trust medicine and science and be totally guided by my OB and GP. I would not want unvaccinated children near mine.


  • After a fairly intense reaction to whooping cough vaccine (pertussis?) my brother didn’t continue his course for this frightening disease. He received every other one of his vaccine’s and as the synthetic whooping cough vaccination was now available he went and got it just prior to my bub being born as we’d had a cousin her lost her daughter to this horrid horrid thing and there was no way he was risking my bub.
    It’s her choice yes but don’t for heaven’s sakes blog about it as though you are an expert.
    What would she feel like if she had been exposed to someone with rubella while she was pregnant!


  • I have an immunocompromised child who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. He spent, 6 months in hospital as a baby in an isolated room because if he caught anything he would most likely die. I have to rely on other people to vaccinate their children, to keep mine safe. He is fairly healthy now, it has taken 3 1/2 years to get to this point, but he still can’t be vaccinated. If he caught something that was on the vaccine list, ,he would most likely end up back in hospital for who know how long.
    Everyone has a right to an opinion and everyone has the right to make choices for their children, but social media can make it a “trend”. My child’s life is worth more than that


  • This is ridiculous, I would much prefer to vax my children against the things I can. My children were born prematurely and were extra vulnerable so herd immunity was a god send


  • I do hope she isn’t listed to and followed by too many others – I would hate to see polio or small pox and whooping cough wipe out a complete generation of children with such suffering. Maybe she wants to save the planet by having less children live in the future.


  • It’s not dangerous for them to say what they want to do. Every one needs to do what’s right for them, I didn’t want to get my son vaccinated when he was a baby but was convinced by the maternal health nurse to do it. Does anyone know what’s in these vaccines? That’s the real concern.


  • We all do what we think is best for our children……..but sometimes science is right. I hope her babies don’t catch anything that could have been prevented.


  • i hope that for her and her children’s sake that they don’t come into contact with any of the re-emerging virus’s like whopping cough etc.

    It really is a selfish thing to do for your children – I have no doubt in my mind that her parents would have vaccinated her to protect her from dying of something that is preventable by a simple injection!, why would you not want to protect your babies from that?


  • I think that any new parent should read Roald Dahl’s testimonial about measles and his child.
    Anti-vaxxers want to do what’s best for their kids. But if like this celebrity, you don’t trust hospitals, well… i hope you still take your child there for check ups


  • There are people who are pro vaccination and people who”re against this. Nothing new. They’re free to make their own decisions. I don’t think that sharing their opinion on social media is dangerous


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