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#1 of 7 Old 08-19-2002, 11:18 PM - Thread Starter
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So, are there any midwives in Texas that do not require the vitamin K shot and eye ointment at birht?
Our peditritian states that it is against the law not to- but the hopital states it does not require it and I cant find the law online.
Is the ped. trying to snow us?

I am also curious about your experiences with the two procedures.
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These decisions are some of the first one has to make as a parent. I have worked with midwives in both TX and in CA. I have seen babies with Vit K and eye ointment adminstered -= but, honestly, I have seen far more parents decline these options, AS IS THEIR RIGHT. LIkewise, you have the option to request Vit K and/or eye drops. Some folks want eye ointment but no Vit K or vis versa.

Unless there are strong and persuasive indications your child needs either of these medications, it is up to parents to become educated and make a choice. Peds, like most MDs, do have to worry about malpractice suits and tend to err on the side of caution.

Read what you can find on Vit K and eye ointment in back issues of Midwifer Today at www.midwifery Some folks have really strong feeling about putting foreign substance into a newborn's body, some figure if it's not that big a deal. Vit K is also available in an oral form - your midwife/MD can get it in a pill form, crush it between two spoons, add a little water to form a solution and have the baby swallow it. Some folks feels this is far less tramatic for mom and baby than an injection of Vit K.

Remember the choice is yours!

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Hi! Actually, you can ask to sign a waiver. Midwives are required to administer those items by Texas law, but parents are allowed to decline almost anything, be it at home or hospital, if they sign a waiver...

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I've birthed 3 babies in the Dallas area with CNMs or prof. midwives (2 birth center 1 homebirth) and declined vit K/eye drops with all of them. Sure the pediatrician was mad, butIhad research to supportmydecision and it's not their baby!
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My son was born in Tucson, AZ.
With a few midwives at a hospital.
We told them no Vit K, hep shot, eye stuff.
They have to listen to what you want.
My partner stayed with our son the whole time while I was resting.
I am a firm believer in that these things are unneccasary.
Stand up for your rights, don't let anyone push you around!
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We refused vit. k and eye ointment for our dd here in Austin. Just like everyone here is saying, all you have to do is sign a waiver. We didn't think either was necessary in our circumstances and our midwife agreed.
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My midwives are saying that they are OK if I decline- but that the peditrician has to be the one to give us the waiver.
I ahve yet to find a peditrician that can come to our hospital and will allow us to decline.

Actually, my midwife sorta pissed me off Monday, so we may just go ahead and max out a credit card for a homebirth.
Side note- the midwife said I would ahve to have antibotics if I went into labor before 38 weeks- just because they assume that the early labor was caused by bacteria/ staph (even if the tests said I was negative)
This was one of several samll things that has annoyed me about them- so we are looking for a homebirth.
It is a little scary to be in debt, with no hope of making more income anytime soon- but I think a homebirth would be worth it.

thanks all for the stories, support and advice
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