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Old 06-10-2008, 07:41 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I am having a hospital birth with midwives.
I have decided to give oral Vit. K.
In they hospital if you request oral vit. K. they give the injectable, synthetic form orally.
I ordered the natural, plant derived form of oral Vit K. here:
http://www.birthwithlove.com/categor...s%2DOral+Vit+K
Since I am bringing my own vit. K to the hospital I will give it to the baby (not the nurse as per usual).
My mw today suggested that I tell our pediatrician, since she is the one who gives the order for administering the vit. K.

I just got off the phone with the nurse for our pediatrician.

Of course, she tried to scare me a bit. Saying the oral form isn't as well absorbed and it doesn't prevent the later type of hemorrhaging (although we give it at birth, 1 week, and 1 month-- so I'm not sure if that's true).

Also, she said it tastes bad so the baby doesn't want to take it.

I will also be taking vit. k supplements myself and it does pass through breastmilk.

I just hate it when I feel like they are trying to scare me into something I know deep down isn't right.

What are you all doing about vit. K?


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We are just refusing. We don't intend to circumcise, and we're having a hospital birth with a midwife. We'll see how it goes, I guess.
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We'll be allowing the vitamin k injection.

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we're skipping it unless something changes and there seems to be a need. we skipped it with ds and didn't have any problems.
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We will be giving it... (Just no eye goop!)

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Homebirth with a midwife- skipping it. Did with DD. If there were bruising or trauma i would consider it.

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We will not be giving vitamin K unless the birth is traumatic or there is bruising or some other medical reason at birth that would indicate it to be a good idea.

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homebirth.

we are skipping the eye ointment but I will do vit k. My mw will administer it
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We'll be doing the Vitamin K.
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What a load of crap about the baby not liking the taste! Like they are gonna 'like' the shot any better! I have seen homebirth midwives give oral vit K at least 2 dozen times and I have never seen a baby cry from the taste of it!

I'm having a homebirth and will be doing oral vit K.

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Homebirthing- not planning to do it unless the birth is very long or traumatic, or is there is bruising etc. We are not circumcising.
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We are doing a homebirth and will be skipping it unless our MW thinks it is necessary (bruising, etc.)

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We'll be doing the vitamin k, but no eye goop or Hep B. I guess I feel like the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks of it.

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What a load of crap about the baby not liking the taste! Like they are gonna 'like' the shot any better! I have seen homebirth midwives give oral vit K at least 2 dozen times and I have never seen a baby cry from the taste of it!

I'm having a homebirth and will be doing oral vit K.
"Like they are gonna 'like' the shot any better!"
What a great point! Thanks for that......
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We'll be doing the vitamin k, but no eye goop or Hep B. I guess I feel like the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks of it.
I guess I feel like: why give a shot in the first few hours of life as one of their first experiences of the world, when you can just give them a drop of it in their mouth? That's why I want to skip the shot this time.
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We're having a UC and will not be doing the vit k or any other "newborn" stuff. We didn't last time either.

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We will not be giving vitamin K unless the birth is traumatic or there is bruising or some other medical reason at birth that would indicate it to be a good idea.
Yep. Us too.
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Getting it. Required by state.

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Skipping it all together unless the birth is traumatic or baby has bruising. I figure babies are born naturally low in vitamin k and there's probably a reason for that we don't understand. I hate to mess with nature unless there's a clear reason to do so since more often than not the natural course is safest.

Plus, since my babies get all the blood they're supposed to get at birth (ie. no early cord clamping) that helps with blood clotting anyway.

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Are you planning on breastfeeding cause they get all they need from your colostrum. I personally don't get it if you breastfeed. Seems like overkill.

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Skipping it all together unless the birth is traumatic or baby has bruising. I figure babies are born naturally low in vitamin k and there's probably a reason for that we don't understand. I hate to mess with nature unless there's a clear reason to do so since more often than not the natural course is safest.

Plus, since my babies get all the blood they're supposed to get at birth (ie. no early cord clamping) that helps with blood clotting anyway.

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i'm thinking we're going to skip it, but i'm discussing it with the MW on fri.
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I figure babies are born naturally low in vitamin k and there's probably a reason for that we don't understand. I hate to mess with nature unless there's a clear reason to do so since more often than not the natural course is safest.>>>>

Amen to that. Why is it that us humans think we need to fix something completely natural? We don't do Vit. K, either. Unless.......something happens and my Dr. deems it needed. I'm not against medical interventions that are needed....but a normal, healthy baby born to a healthy mom during a normal, healthy labor? Why should you need it?

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we ae not doing it.
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add another to the "nothing, unless birth is traumatic" list.

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I denied Vit K.... Both vax and oral. I said that if it must be given that it better be oral... They gave the vit k shot! Im still furious!

I also denied, refused and DID NOT CONSENT to the eye ointment.. Guess what they did??

They just asked me yesterday about 2 month shots.. I again refused. If they give them to her without my permission I am going postal on them.
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i'm not allowing vit K either.

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Getting it. Required by state.
I don't think any state can require anything like this.
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We were going to do oral, but changed our minds. Just skipping altogether.

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Skipping it- although I have been taking alfalfa the last couple of weeks to give my colostrum a boost
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