my m/w said she used to not do the vit K shot so much, but now she does, seeing what is really does. and she's an old-school, birthing in a van on an island lady. so, I felt like I could trust her opinion/experience about it.
Harmony96: Thanks for the explanation.
So I was looking at an acquaintance's birth plan on facebook and she declined the silver nitrate eye drops citing the whole chlamydia/ghonorrea thing. And then someone responded (a nurse) who said it isn't only for preventing blindness in the case of STD's but also to protect from "any other bacterias that have been introduced into the vagina that can affect the newborn upon descending down the birth canal."
Is that bogus?? Anyone know?
She also says this about the Vitamin K shot:
"The vitamin K injection is given to the newborn because they have a so-called "sterile gut", which in other words means they have little to no clotting factors. Infant's blood (even after receivng the injection) takes an extreme amount of time to clot. Hospitals do this because the benefis outweigh the risks"
Again, is this bogus? I always wonder what they did in the old days with the non-clotting baby guts??? Was there some epidemic problem with it that was remedied with the vitamin K shot?