I had my 24 Wk appointment on Friday. I was given a binder with all kinds of info regarding giving birth in the hospital. The binder is pretty comprehensive - addresses women in basically every situation. There were 4 things that really stood out.
Of course - the circumcision decision - which they would do on day 1 if you want it...i know this is a majorly controversial issue - but I have to agree with the Jews here for waiting - I told my DH that if he really decides our son should have one - it will not be the day our child is born.
2 - it is NY state law that our newborn gets a shot of Vit K and antibiotic eye gook within 1 hour of being born....Really??? Law? There were some old posts on this buried on this site and it looks like we really have NO choice. I so wish I was having a home birth. At least we can refuse the Hep B vaccine until some future date.
3 - they don't want a women in labor to eat solids. I want to go 100% natural. I know I can't possibly fathom how it will feel to be in labor or give birth - but I have no interest in having a needle in my spine - so no one better take food away from me because I plan on eating.
4. - the way they describe the amount of fetal monitoring bothered me. I want the freedom to move around. I don't want continuous fetal heart rate monitoring. I'll have to talk to my doula and midwives about this.
I needed to vent.