I plan to refuse the antibiotic eye ointment - basically the midwife writes down in her notes that we "physically would not allow her to apply it" - as I was tested in early pregnancy and do not have either chlamydia or gonorrhea.
I haven't yet done enough research to have decided on the vitamin K drops (although I know we do not want the pharmaceutical injection). I know that the incidence of Vit. K deficient bleeding is 1 in 10,000 which is not very common. I also really trust that our bodies (and our babies bodies) know what they are doing, and that just maybe there is a reason that babies 6 months of age have lower levels of Vit. K in their systems, even if we haven't figured out what it is yet? If we have a boy, we are not planning to circumcise, so that is not an issue for us to consider with this test.
The last one is the PKU test. I don't love the idea of having my newborn's heel pricked, but can see that it could provide us some valuable information about potential future health complications.
So any thoughts or feedback you all have would be greatly appreciated!
I'd find out if the PKU screen is actually a more complete metabolic screening. In some states it's a whole list of things that while pretty rare can have life threatening complications if undiagnosed.
We aren't circing and aren't doing the hep B vax, but are doing the other things. I think the metabolic screening is important, but am just indifferent on the eye ointment (we'll wait several hrs after the birth) and vit K injection. I don't see them as harmful as the other things, which to me have clear draw backs, so I'm not up for fighting about it with the staff.
People all feel differently about PKU. For us, the brochure we were given sounded silly, it's an extra ouch for baby, and if we found out there was a problem we wouldn't do anything differently. So...it's unnecessary in our family. I can see how it might be helpful for people who are more pro-meds and pro-docs, though, if they wanted to do something about a problem that might come out.
I've also heard that sometimes positives come up for rare disorders and they're false positives, which stresses out the whole family and ends up being for nothing. Not something I'd really want to go through, but again, that's just me.
Partnered mama with DD (01/04) and DD (08/09) and 8 critters, including a !
We are doing eye ointment and vit K, but not hep B and not circumcising.
Nothing else. I have no STIs, none of their births has been traumatic enough for me to think vit K was warranted, and we don't vax at all until they wean. DD still hasn't been bathed b/c I'm waiting for her belly button to stop bleeding - the dipes keep bumping her scab.
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Also, DS was severely tongue-tied, so he had to have the Vit K shot at 2 weeks old to get his tongue fixed. We will do liquid vit k this time if our baby needs her tongue clipped too. I don't see any reason to get the vitamin k shot unless your child needs surgery of any kind.
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There's also the hearing exam, which was pretty miserable for my DD (in large part due to the nurse doing it wanting her swaddled - which DD HATED from the beginning- and glaring about not using a pacifier). Still, it's non-invasive and gives important information. So, I personally will do the hearing test at some point with this babe (though again my midwife won't be doing it at home).
We're skipping eye prophylactic and vitamin K (unless there's excessive bruising from the birth). We're expecting a girl, and our midwife certainly doesn't circumcise anyway, but we wouldn't be doing that. We're not vaccinating our little ones (at least not at this time, I might selectively vaccinate when they're much older).
Assuming you're birthing in a hospital, you also want to think about the newborn bath (I wish we'd declined it with DD#1, not that she complained about it).
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we usually do the hearing screen but for some reason they didn't do it before we left this time and we have to take him somewhere to get it done, not sure if we'll bother.
Christine, mom to C(7.5) - E(5) - J(3) - B(10 mos)
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We don't vaccinate, do the eye drops (go breastmilk!), or bathe baby, no vit K (I drink so much nettles that I would probably never be necessary), but my dh wants to circumcise. I think we may not anyway. Dh's father and uncle weren't circumcised and had to be later on life due to serious infections. If it were just one person I may shrug it off, but 2 members in the family, it makes me nervous. I am still not for it, but Iwant to be totally in agreement in whatever decision my dh and I make.
I am probably going to get hate emails from mamas here, hopefully this thread wont get removed due to me writing this. Please, mamas, I am not up for any discussion about this. I can do my own research.
We're planning to birth at home, so it does make most of these decisions easier...nothing to "fight" about with anyone, just have to make a decision and let my midwife know.
We will probably go ahead with the PKU screen, that does include testing for 15-20 other disorders as well. I think my only concern, as someone else voiced, is the possibility of a false positive result and then having to go through worrying for no reason (or just putting it out into the universe and having it manifest into reality, when it may have resolved on its own!).
I think we'll do the Vit K drops only if our midwife is concerned due to a traumatic birth, or noticing excessive bruising, etc. on our babe.
Now the bath thing is something I need to read up on again. I remember previous threads on here, but just glanced through them. Will read what everyone said, share the information with my midwife, and see what she thinks about the issue as well!
Bath wise, they have the mom take a bath with the baby. So, I got to bath him as much (or little) as I wanted. Then daddy took him to diaper and dress him while I washed up. (that is probably the one and only time DH will diaper the kid. LOL And it was a prefold, so extra points for DH! )
Oh, and we didn't (and won't) circ.
How To Prepare
Your baby should be drinking breast milk or formula for 24 hours before the blood sample is taken. PKU test results are more likely to be correct if the blood sample is taken after the baby has been drinking milk or formula for at least 48 hours.
this means breastmilk NOT colostrum
We're doing Vit. K shot, but she never gives full dose like the hospital because she says it's too much. May or may not do eye drops...she's cool with us refusing things, we just have to write and sign a statement that we refused them so she doesn't get in trouble. Hep. B will be at first well baby check with the ped (6-8 weeks after birth) since MW can't do that. Same for hearing test. No circ if we have a boy as DH is very much against it.
She also has someone who comes weekly to her home clinic to do the hearing screen, so we'll probably plan to do that as well.
Mama to two girls 12/05 and 8/09
Doing: PKU, hearing test, bath (but DH has to watch they don't retract AT ALL.
Hoping I don't have too much trouble with the nurses since I already have the support of the L&D nurse Manager, but just to be sure we're going to butter them up with fresh doughnuts and bagels the morning of the section! Hopefully they won't be too bad then
Crystal- aka "Momma" to: Lara Karlene 1-1-05 ~ Keira Skyler 1-31-07 ~ Rohnin Viper 8-12-09 & March 2014!!!!