I spoke with Hugh Chatham Memorial hospital in North Carolina today, and after a nurse in the baby center previously told me I could refuse the Vitamin K injection if I let them know beforehand, another nurse said after speaking to the hospital manager, that I could not refuse this, only the Hep B and if I was determined to not have it, I would have to deliver at another hospital. I am supposed to be induced in TWO days, now I have very little options unless I want to lose my doctor. My OB said he didn't think that sounded right, and he's behind me 100 percent, but he didn't know for sure and I'm wondering can they really force this on me, or refuse to deliver my baby if I don't comply? Everything I've read online says even if it IS a state law, which I don't think it is because I can't find anything online saying so, that I can submit a religious exemption which gives me the right to refuse any injection or testing because of the First Amendment of the US Constitution. My main fear is they will just tell me to leave for refusing, seeing as I am being induced and won't really be in labor when I first go in. Does anyone know if a hospital can do that? SO upset about this :(
That sounds way wrong! We refused Vit K, Eye ointment, and Hep B (did that with pediatrician), never had a problem, we're in CT. Are you talking about them wanting to give it to you, or the baby? Supplementing K to the mother has no impact on levels in the baby. And while it is given to prevent "bleeding out" within the newborn since they don't clot well on their own for a few weeks, I was told by my midwife that unless it is a traumatic birth with a lot of bleeding or bruising to the baby, that it's not an issue. I pushed like hell to get my daughter out, and she did come out with bruises but we still were not required to give her the shot and she is a perfectly healthy 4mo baby now. 'State Law' or not, they can't give an injection without consent. I would show up with a written birth plan stating no Vit K, and leave it at that. Also, you can request that no testing be done on the baby without you or your significat other present, so if for some reason they need to take her away, someone can be with her at all times, they can't deny that. We roomed in, and anytime they wanted to weigh her it had to be done in the nursery, we never let her leave without one of us that way we could question anything that was going on. Good luck!