How long did you wait to go to the pediatrician after your HB? What's your plan? Any suggestions? Thanks everyone.
And yeah, within 24 hours of birth is crazy. I'd never do that.
Your ped is probably wrapped up in this because when a baby is born in many hospitals (like the ones where I have worked) they are assessed by a ped within 24 hours of birth- before then the nurses assess the baby and call the peds if there is an issue.
I think we went in at 1 week or maybe 2 weeks.
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I had our last child (VBA2C) at a hospital about 45 minutes from here in another state. While that happens frequently because of our local VBAC ban, the only people who treated me rather crappily (is that a word, LOL?) were the peds at the hospital. They wanted to do the usual testing/immunizations, and then my baby failed the hearing exam. Well, to be honest, when parts of the little portable testing machine were falling off, and the nurse kept saying, "This stuff is just so old I don't trust it", I knew it was equip failure. Well, the ped flipped out and said we had to have him seen at 24 hrs since we were going to another state, I didn't want vitamin K, AND he failed his exam.
So, I took him....24 hrs after discharge, then 1 week, then 2 weeks. It was the biggest waste of money and time. After 2 more failed hearing tests (he had to nurse to be quiet/still enough, which caused ear motion from sucking and the test to fall out) we were seen at an ENT/audiologist where they said he was perfectly fine, and they see more problems with the newborn screens being false positive, than anything else. I still got pressured for no vax'ing, and for coming in for weight checks, etc. Ugh, what a nightmare. The last time he was seen was his 4 month well baby, and he's about 8 months now.
I'm sorry for the book. I just see the screening and health checks of a MW to be much more inclusive. They really spend the time and understand what the baby went through for delivery, what to look for, etc. I don't know why we must run to a ped, absent of any problems.
I'm thinking homebirth this time around, and one of the largest contributing factors is the staying home, and hands on care the MW will provide for my baby! If the baby is breathing well, feeding well, pink, and checks out well on all health checks, than a ped office is a place full of germs and vaccinations, both of which my baby can do without unless he or she is ill or I have a concern. Then we'll likely see our family Dr.
Best wishes to you on your birth!
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Oh, and I wouldn't worry what they think about HB. Vax's yes. HB no. When I took my baby in for her first appt with the family doc (he was a new doc for the whole family) - he asked me if she had a Hep B shot at birth, and I said "no, we had a homebirth," he kind of gave me the "she's a crunchy/crazy lady" look for a second. All I cared about was that he was OK with my selective / delayed vax schedule, which he was.
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Our family doctor wanted to see the baby right away, but I couldn't get around due to heavy bleeding after the delivery.
We went the next week instead.
It was nice, but overall useless other than having a paper trail. We went a couple more times and then never bothered after that.