Originally Posted by nutmegnovice
My husband and I are expecting our first baby later next month, and since I do not have chlamydia or gonorrhea we've been planning on declining the erythromycin eye ointment. However, one of the midwives at the practice we're using, (we're birthing in a birth center and planning a water birth,) told me that she likes to give the erythromycin anyway after water births because of "stuff" that can be in the water. I have never heard of this before, and I'm wondering if any of you have? My husband and I are not into administering antibiotics unless truly necessary.
I have never done any antibiotics after a waterbirth and have had 4 babies @ home in water. In fact, out of all of our children we have had to use antibiotics a total of two times.
That being said, I will in the future because of my experience with my last babe.
It wasn't her eyes - it was her toes. She got an infection in them that gave her a horrendous rash, and resulted in a lot of crying. I took her to the ER and was sent home. The next day I went back and panic erupted as the rash had went horrible and she looked very sick. It resulted in an ambulance ride 2 1/2 hours away and a two day hospitalization.
She had to be pumped full of so many antibiotics (and I had to *fight* to keep anti virals out of her) ...Eventually they believe that some how in the birth her toes being open source for infection to get in - she got an infection and it went through her body. Probably because of the fecal matter or blood or something in the vaginal tract making her sick.
We also did a vit k supplement because anti biotic use can deplete the sources.
All of this was very odd as I eat and supplement with copius amounts of garlic, nettles etc.
Since we are not first line anti biotic users, I decided that this time I'm going to go ahead and do the antibiotics after birth. I'm not sure if they would have presented the toe thing, but I am definitely checking fingers and toes and noses and eyes more thouroughly this time.
It was not a way I ever want to spend a postpartum time again.
Ignore my misspellings please!