What's wrong with those other things you listed? I haven't done any research on those and didn't know they were a problem.
I had an epidural with both my kids and was still aware any time someone came into the room. I was "all there" in labor as well. Sometimes epidurals get a bad rep, but they caused no problems for me. My labors were smooth, and my kids were healthy and learned to nurse just fine. I saw no reason to suffer any more than I had to.
They aren't necessarily a problem. They are routine newborn procedures in hospitals. However, some people opt out of these based on their understanding of the purposes of these routines.
Eye ointment (I think its erythromycin) is an antibiotic given to prevent the transmission of gonorrhea from mother to infant. It is very necessary when it is unclear whether mom has gonorrhea but if mom knows she is disease free, she can opt out of the eye ointment for her baby with no dire consequences.
Vitamin K helps prevent excessive bleeding in rare cases, but since most healthy full-term babies are not at risk of bleeding issues, some moms opt out of the injection.
The Hep B vaccine is effective at helping prevent Hep B transmission from mom to baby if given within 12 hours of the birth. But again, if mom does not have Hep B, there is no purpose in giving the vaccine to a newborn.
Unfortunately, hospitals are not generally used to people who refuse the "standard" care, and many moms consent to these procedures without having a full understanding of what they are for.
Is there no other reason for the eye ointment then that?? LOL, I thought it was something that helped reduce eye swelling. Gosh, I really need to research all this more. With DD I was just clueless. Thank you MDC for helping educate me throughout the years!!!!