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#1 of 3 Old 10-16-2004, 03:15 PM - Thread Starter
 
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With my last pregnancy I questioned the vit k shot at birth, but I was pretty much told If I don't get it the baby will have a cerebral hemorrage (kind of a scare tactic)
does any one have links to info about the vit k shot or any natural (pain free) options for a newborn?
I just worry about things that are prescribed as routine for all, generaly they are only there to protect a small percentage of the population who are actually at risk.
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does any one have links to info about the vit k shot or any natural (pain free) options for a newborn?

these are the links i have from when i was pg with gabe... hopefully they still work

http://pregnancytoday.com/experts/p-vitamink.htm
http://www.update-software.com/abstr...1/ab002776.htm
http://www.birthpsychology.com/messa.../vitamink.html
http://www.pslgroup.com/dg/50d96.htm
http://www.womens-health.co.uk/vitk.htm
http://www2.coastalnet.com/~coyotemi...inda_vit_K.htm
http://home.att.net/~waterbird/

i declined the vit k and eye goop. my reasonings were that i had been tested for std's in the beginning of my pg. dh and i are monogomus. therefore prophylactic (sp?) antibiotic eye goop is unneeded. as for the vit k, we looked at the risk factors -- prolonged 2nd stage (nope), traumatic (ie forceps or vaccum) mode of delivery (nope), bruising evident upon delivery (nope)... so it was a no brainer. no vit k needed. but i birthed at home so i was threatened by the dr's or rn's at the hospital.

i would do some reseach. decide on how you feel about it and if you really don't see the need, crystal, talk to your dr about it. you might also want to talk to the hospital staff (in house pediatrician) to make sure they are on board as well. just remember that this is your baby and you have the right to refuse any test or procedure. may not be easy but you do have that right.
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Just wanted to add my 2cents! :LOL
We too will be declining this. Such a small percentage of babies 'need' it. Also if you have a boy and are planning to circ, then they reccomend it. Other then that... I don't really see a need...
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just remember that this is your baby and you have the right to refuse any test or procedure. may not be easy but you do have that right.
Too ture!
When I had my son we didn't want all the shots, ie Hep B and such, they didn't have a problem... Good luck!

Amanda, wife to Ed mama to Logan, Phoenix, Indigo and snuggle bunny EZRA RAIN has arrived
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