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post #21 of 29
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Originally Posted by SuzieSmiles View Post

 

One other thing she mentioned that I was not aware of was a hearing test. She said that they don't have the equipment and will provide us with the information to get tested elsewhere. What are you mamas doing about this test? Have you done it before?

I'll be doing it later at the ND office that's next door to the birth center where I go for my appointments (I already know the ND). My midwifes dont offer the hearing test, but encourage you to get it done.

post #22 of 29

Refusing all newborn procedures. The Vit K we will do orally if birth is traumatic. The hearing test I need to talk to my midwife about and we are aiming for non-cord severance so unless there's a reason to we won't be cutting the cord at all. 

post #23 of 29
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Originally Posted by splath View Post

We decline everything. If there is birth trauma or something else that goes wrong, then we consider vitamin k. Our second ended up getting vitamin k (with our consent) because she had to have an iv with antibiotics because of some issues after birth.

 

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HepB we will decline until preteens (it's an STD vaccine, so no hurry for us).  Vitamin K only if birth trauma or if for some reason there was premature cord clamping.  Again, we homebirth, so we can wait awhile to clamp if we feel the need.

 

We did the hearing test with my older, declined it with my second.  The only place here they refer you to is a hospital, and you have to go within a week (if I recall?).  A big reason we DON'T deliver in the hospital is the germy environment, so bringing a kid back into that as a neonate for an elective test kinda negates that for us.

 

No on circing and eye goop.  We don't bathe until after around 3 hours or so (midwives leave after 4 hours, and we do it sometime between after the first breastfeed but before they leave).

post #24 of 29

I haven't talked to my midwife about this yet and definitely need to do more research.  I think some of this could end up be contentious between DP and me.  Here are my initial thoughts:

 

1) Bath - I think we will probably delay at least a couple hours and I definitely want to give him his first bath.  I have an image of us in the tub together.  I don't think DP will have an issue with this but would probably be skeptical of delaying the bath too long.

2) Eye goop - I need to do more research, but my inclination is to refuse it.  DP will want to go by the books with most medical procedures like this.

3) Circumcision - We've already discussed and will not be circumcising our son.  It isn't very common here.  DP was circumcised for medical reasons as an adult, and actually prefers it.  But he still thinks it is horrifying to do this to an infant child without any medical reason.  He knows first hand how painful and traumatic it is.

4) Hep B vaccine - I think we will at least delay it.  I was comparing El Salvador and the US' immunization schedules and here it isn't recommended until 2 months.  My partner is pretty adamant about doing all the vaccines on time and I feel kind of unsure.  I think we will probably end up doing all vaccines, but maybe I will advocate for delaying certain ones.  I need to research more.

5) Vitamin K shot - Only if there is birth trauma.

 

El Salvador also recommends a tuberculosis immunization at birth.  Not sure if anyone else knows anything about this immunization

post #25 of 29
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Originally Posted by aidenn View Post

 

We did the hearing test with my older, declined it with my second.  The only place here they refer you to is a hospital, and you have to go within a week (if I recall?).  A big reason we DON'T deliver in the hospital is the germy environment, so bringing a kid back into that as a neonate for an elective test kinda negates that for us.

 

I had to take DD to a hospital as well for her hearing test, and I think she was actually about a month old which was still ok, but close.  She napped in the mei tai I put her in.

 

lilmamita, I haven't heard anything about the TB vaccine since that's not one that came up in my research for infant shots in the US.

post #26 of 29

Oral vitK, delayed clamping, no vaccines, no bath.  Not sure about the eye goop, I can't remember what that's supposed to protect against.  Having a homebirth so easy to be on top of this stuff.

post #27 of 29
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Originally Posted by CookAMH View Post

 

lilmamita, I haven't heard anything about the TB vaccine since that's not one that came up in my research for infant shots in the US.

So I read some stuff on Wikipedia (I know, not the best source, but I thought it could serve as a beginning for further research).  The TB vaccine is one that often leaves a scar.  My partner has a scar from it.  The US is one of the few countries that doesn't give it routinely.  It's one of the oldest vaccines, came out soon after Small Pox.  Wikipedia had tons of contradictions with regards to its efficacy.  I think my cousin who was born in Chile got this vaccine and then when she moved the the US they gave her a TB test and it came out positive because of the shot (it's known the shot often causes false-positives on TB tests).  The doctor ended up treating her for TB without even doing any tests to confirm an active infection.  My poor cousin, who was like 8 at the time, had horrible side effects similar to arthritis from the treatment until my aunt decided to stop it after doing some research. I feel like there is SOOOO much to research all of a sudden.

post #28 of 29

delaying bath for sure - 1st bath will be be with me in the tub

 

no eye goop or vit k shot - my midwife isn't comfortable doing either which sounds great to me

I do want to read more about the vit k to find out if I want to do oral or not

 

no to circ if it's a boy - we circ'd our first boy bc my husband wanted to (jewish culture, to be like him, etc)  I didn't want him to be circ, but thought i was ok with it...which turned out not to be the case - it has caused a lot of regret and heartache.  we are now on the same page and will not be circ'ing if we have another boy

 

delayed cord clamping - this was on my birth plan in hospital & told my midwife but they still did it way too fast -- something to be aware of b/c right after the birth i was so in another world holding my baby for the 1st time that i didn't stop them from doing it so soon

 

no vaccines -at least for first 6 months - will do research & make final decision later, leaning towards no/limited vax

 

the hearing test they did in the hospital & I told them I had to be with him & I nursed him through the test

post #29 of 29

Thought you all might appreciate this article on delayed cord clamping.  It felt timely, as I've been thinking about these things.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/11/health/study-endorses-later-severing-of-umbilical-cord.html?ref=health

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