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post #21 of 26
I used birth centers both times-I refused hep b the first birth with no problem. I refused everything with the second birth and again, no problem. I might have had to sign something stating that I was refusing it, but I don't remember it specifically and don't recall having to give any particular reason other than that I didn't want it and accepted the risks of not getting it done.
post #22 of 26
With the birth of DD, my MW at the hospital just had a paper I could sign before hand that would go in my file. I didn't have to state why I would decline any of it, just sign that I was declining.

Have you checked with your OB/MW? They should know the accepted procedure for where you are delivering. It seems to vary across the state/hospital.
post #23 of 26
I had DD last October at Montgomery Hospital in Norristown. They just asked me if I wanted those things done and I had to sign a waiver refusing them. There was a spot to put the reason, but the nurse didn't make me fill it in. I think they need the signature more than the reasoning, but I suppose theoretically they could give you a hard time, depending on policy.
post #24 of 26
I delivered in Philadelphia and Montgomery County, PA and my children did not get anything at birth (eye drops, vit K, Hep B, etc) and there were no issues. I told my MW in the beginning with my 3rd son and she had me sign a waiver.

With my last birth, my OB had my birth plan in my chart and I was never asked about it again. I did not even have to sign a waiver or anything. This was a year ago.

Good luck.
post #25 of 26
I was an "emergency" hb transfer, without a support person, and I was able to refuse them all. I do not believe I was asked to sign anything; I vaguely recall a consent for hep B which I did not sign because I was not doing that. The only thing they gave me guff about was the vit. K, within an hour of the birth, and I just continued to verbally refuse and eventually he left me alone. This was MTH in 05.
post #26 of 26
I delievered (3 years ago!!) in Philadelphia. I spoke with my midwifery practice before the birth and wrote out a birth plan.

We wanted to refuse Hep B, DELAY eye goop, and do the Vit K (and not circ). Well Hep B and not circ'ing was totally easy because they had an additional consent form and we didn't consent (we were required to fill out all the paperwork prior to going into labor),

However they totally gave ds eye goop before I even got to hold him, (I had been in a birthing suite and they wouldn't have done it over there but I got transfered to regular L&D and they did it out of habit) but my midwife yelled/scolded them and felt really bad about it. DP and I were too out of it (50 hours of labor!) to stop it in the moment, that kinda sucked.
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