OKay well I disagree with your MW about the GBS test. I mean, you have to do what you want to do...but for me (a person who does almost NO testing in pregnancy - seriously, I test for GBS and I do pee sticks at my MWs center. Period.) the GBS is just kind of a no-brainer. It takes two seconds to collect the material to be tested, just a quick swab that I have done myself all three times. Insurance pays for it. The results come quickly and will most likely be negative...at which point, you know that you are GBS negative and can simply not have to think of it again. Should the results come back positive, you are not then automatically forced into taking the IV antibiotics...most people I know who test positive do the Hibiclens when they go into labor and no one I know has had a problem. The Hibiclens is a totally harmless and non-invasive preventative measure...seriously, not a pain in the ass at all...I was told that you can even buy it on Amazon if you want to. I would see absolutely no reason not to do it on the off chance that you would end up being one of the cases of GBS that was transmitted and became a problem for your newborn....when GBS becomes a problem, it can be a really, really big problem. Why chance it if avoiding it for sure is as simple as, basically, a quick vaginal douching with a harmless cleanse? The Hibiclens has been shown to eliminate transmission at the same rate as IV antibiotics...so, what's the problem? Answer: There is no problem.
Any time I have been asked about a test, I take a look at whether the information I get from the test will help me, what sort of treatment I might be faced with, what the consequences of not treating could be...etc etc...I examine every facet. In a case where there is no solid way to tell if you have risk factors, the test is non-invasive, the treatment is non-invasive and the consequences for not knowing/not treating could be a big deal....why on earth wouldn't you take the two seconds to swab your vagina just to know? I mean, if you just don;t want to..I get that and that's a good enough answer for me, because it's not my business...but if you are torn about it, don't take your MWs word for it...just do it, you know? It's a piece of information that you don't have to do anything with if you don't want to...why not know?
I would do Vit K if I had a rough and/or very long labor/delivery and my baby was beat up in the process...but I haven't had that happen yet, so I have never consented to it. If I did it at all it would be the oral dose.
I don't do eye goop/drops because I know I am free of diseases that can cause problems. As far as colostrum in the eyes...Holly I think it's a bit ridiculous for you to assert that the OPs MW is suggesting she try and heal STDs in her infants eyes with breastmilk...she's not saying that. Many, many people who know they are free of diseases choose to forgo the ointment and many many of those people (in fact, many people around the world) do also choose to express colostrum into the eyes of their newborns as added protection against any infections or problems or just "new eyes in the world" irritation. Colostrum/breastmilk is wildly awesome and I use it for a ton of stuff, all the time. I've definitely cured pink eye with breastmilk in the past and prevented it from spreading to other in the household (I think, I'll never know for sure if we all would have come down with it, but I think I helped to stop its spreading).
OP....do the research yourself honey. No one can tell you what your comfort level should be. I do all my new baby checkups...but my doctor is a family friend and the family doctor for everyone in our family and extended family...so it's more like going to visit an uncle or something, we just love to visit with him! He is 100% supportive of our lifestyle and choices, so it's easy and wonderful to be around him and he loves our kids so much. I believe strongly in creating a strong relationship with the family doctor and take my kids for ALL the scheduled well baby visits. Also, we are 100% vax free in this house...and I see that as EVEN MORE reason to go to all those well baby visits. If some jerk ever decides to claim I'm medically neglecting my children by not vaxing them, I will happily point to the fact that my children were in the doctors office for EVERY recommended well baby check up...I know it seems silly, but that has happened to enough people I've known that it makes me feel better to have that.
This MW is obviously someone you trust.....this community of women (MDC) is obviously full of people and opinions you trust...but none of this trust you have for outside people and opinions can EVER be as important as what YOU KNOW as a mother. Get on the interwebs, get in the library...look up studies, locate the journals that these studies have been published in, seek out information that tries to debunk your current beliefs...really try and get to the heart of the body of evidence/information that is out there on these issues and make an informed choice for yourself! THAT is the only way to feel empowered in making these choices.
Sometimes life throws you curve balls...when it comes to your kids, you can't always see the future and how your decisions will play out. Please protect yourself from guilt and regret and make decisions that are based on truth, hard information and your own research....that way if something comes up that you were not expecting, at least you can tell yourself that you did absolutely everything in your power to make the best decisions based on a lot of hard work and time spent thinking about and collecting information about the issue in question. That has always helped me with my own kids and with EVERYTHING I make decisions about in our life. Don't take anybody's word for it...that feels easy to do now, but it's not as easy if something goes all sideways and you have to look at yourself in the mirror and feel like you sold your kid short because you didn't find out for yourself and took somebody's word for it, instead.
Good luck! I know how confusing and overwhelming all this stuff can be. <3<3<3