Having a baby in PA hospital ~ How hard is it to avoid the Vit K and eye drops? - Mothering Forums

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#1 of 3 Old 03-28-2011, 07:55 PM - Thread Starter
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That pretty much says it all.

We just moved here, and I don't know what to expect.

Will they push it?  Are there laws I should know about?


I appreciate any advice.

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Fight for it.  I had my baby girl in a PA hospital, no Vi K but they forced me into erythromycin, hostpital protocol.  I don't think I fought hard enough for it, though.  I had a note from my ped (family doc) prescribing that it be done after two hours after birth so not to interupt that vital bonding time.


There are some wonderful birth centers and midwives in PA that accept insurance, I could give you a few suggestions if you'd like.  I had a horrible experience with my OBs (natural birth) in a hospital, and a birth with a midwife that would have been hard to pull off at a hospital (completely posterior)


you'll need a good doula, too, especially if you're going all natural.  i know some great doulas, too.  let me know if you want some names :)

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Hi!  I had my son in a PA hospital in 2008.  We didn't want ANY vaccines (Hep B, Vit. K) and we didn't want the eye drops.  We typed all of this in our birth plan.  However, my son was born so quickly (17 mins after getting to the hospital), that there was no time to go over any of this.  As soon as he was born, they cleaned him up and put the eye drops in right away.  We were very angry and the nurses apologized.  We made it very clear that he was to have no vaccines and it wasn't a problem.  Many people suggest that the baby stays with you at all times because you never know that the nurses and doctors will do when the parent(s) aren't around.  When Baby #2 is born, I will definitely not let the baby out of my sight or my husband's.  One of us will be with the baby the entire time in the hospital.  Good luck and stand firm in your wishes!  Don't let anyone talk you into doing something you aren't comfortable doing!!

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