I was reminded when talking to my midwives at my last appointment about all the things that we have to think about with regards to bringing a baby into the world. Of course, depending on where you live in the world, it will vary. For example, I don't have to worry about vaccines as they don't do them immediately after birth in Ontario but some moms might have to depending on where they live.
Thought we could start a thread about the concerns you have to watch for if your'e in a hospital and nurses/doctors are taking your LO after the birth to do whatever (clean up, take measurements, etc.) They can be pretty sneaky and assuming thinking that ALL moms want the same thing (which in their eyes would be considered the right steps to take after a baby is born).
Anyhow, here is my list that I can think of that they think as normal but some moms might not want. Please add to it so that we can all be mindful of what we want or don't want!
1) Cutting the cord (how soon after)
2) Erythromycin in the eyes of newborns (to "prevent" transfer of STDs such as gonorrhea or chlamydia - obviously if you don't have those, not at all necessary to give your newborn the eyedrops)
3) Vitamin K shot (synthetic) to prevent clotting disorders ( prevention due to the 1/10 000 that have a hemorrhagic disease at birth)
4) Vaccines (if applicable in your area)
5) Heel prick tests (testing for enzyme deficiencies, hormone deficiencies, bilirubin for jaundice, and others)
Any else I'm missing/forgetting?