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Old 04-14-2009, 01:58 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Does anyone have a website or something where I can find which states require eye goop? Or anyone know if Texas requires it?

The doctor (a resident) pretty much said I had no choice in the matter and I "really don't want the baby to get an infection." (I tested negative on everything) Of course, she also looked shocked and a bit horrified when I handed her my Hep B Vax Refusal Form (signed and notarized)...so I wanted to be 100% sure on everything!

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Does anyone have a website or something where I can find which states require eye goop? Or anyone know if Texas requires it?
I'm in TX too. My MWs consent form lists it as Req by Law, but I'd have to get a Rx from my Pedi to obtain it. So if I don't, then it's not available to use...soo...

Are you birthing at the AF base? I'm sure there rules are a lot tighter than outside.

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Are you birthing at the AF base? I'm sure there rules are a lot tighter than outside.
No, we haven't been PCS'd yet (DH is still in tech school) so I'm birthing at the civilian hospital.

The form definitely says req'd? That sucks.

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Can you opt for a religious exemption? Can you simply delay it?
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Not in TX. You can opt out.

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From what I understand, it is not legally required in TX. However, it may be mandatory by the hospital's policies. I have heard of one hospital, for example, that sends CPS up to talk to any parents who refuse the treatment.

I would say stick to your guns, and if Dr. says you "have to have it," ask him to show you in writing where the treatment is mandated.
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Well, no treatment is mandated by law. NY doesn't seem to know that though. You'll be fine in TX.

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It is mandated in many states to OFFER it. So, it is the default that most babies will get it, but you always have the right to refuse any medical treatment.

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Thanks everyone!! I'll definitely be sure and mention at again at my next appointment. Being consistent is key right?

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In order to opt out, my midwife had asked me to simply get a chlamydia and gonorrhea testing done, so she stands on better grounds, in case someone argues with her. I don't have any STD, I am happily married, but I have had tons of testings done in the last years, just to keep doctors happy. At least my insurance covers it.

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In order to opt out, my midwife had asked me to simply get a chlamydia and gonorrhea testing done, so she stands on better grounds, in case someone argues with her. I don't have any STD, I am happily married, but I have had tons of testings done in the last years, just to keep doctors happy. At least my insurance covers it.
All of my initial tests came up negative. I've been faithful and I am 100% sure my DH has been as well.

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"(g) A person commits an offense if the person is a physician or other person in attendance on a pregnant woman either during pregnancy or at delivery and fails to perform a duty required by this section. An offense under this section is a Class B misdemeanor."
So if the doctor doesn't do it they can be cited with criminal charges? Even if I waive out?

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I looked again, the form does say "Req by Law" but I guess it means that she must at least offer it. According to another MW site (and as a PP said) it says they have to offer it http://www.inannabirth.com/faqs.html . In that case you could just refuse it!

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This website has a ton of great info (just scroll down to your state):

http://www.vaccinetruth.net/

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So if the doctor doesn't do it they can be cited with criminal charges? Even if I waive out?
This is such a crazy country. I wish I would have a better answer.

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I had my baby in Texas and we opted out of the eye goop and the Hep B. Not a problem.

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