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#31 of 36 Old 07-06-2008, 03:01 PM
 
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it´s interesting the diffrent viewpoints experienced midwives have.
agree.

my mw told me I can opt out any of the newborn procedures after he's born

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Great info mamas!

Another thing to consider re VitK is that if you have lots of it in your system, your babe is somewhat protected as well. My midwife has me take lots of alfalfa supplements in pregnancy (especially toward the end) to boost my vitamin K and the baby's. Just another approach.

Also, the longer you can wait on the PKU, the better... when the little ones are dehydrated, they often have to prick multiple times and squeeze to get enough drops of blood. After your milk has come in, it can be much easier.

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Not your DDC, but have some knowledge...

PKU is legally required in many states. It picks up things that are relatively rare (galactosemia) to more common things (hypothyroid). It has saved many babies lives. And while its not a pleasant procedure, things like the hypothyroid are uncommon, unexpected, and really dangerous when undiagnosed (babies quickly permanently lose IQ points if they aren't supplemented with thyroid meds).

The only way to get out of this test in a state that legally requires the PKU screening would be to UC. In the required states the midwife has to do the procedure if you don't deliver at a hospital.
Not exactly true...you cannot be forced to do a PKU test....you just have to sign a waiver stating you are aware of the risks of not taking the test.
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My dd had a newborn hearing test too--maybe that's only California, though. I was at the hospital and refused a newborn bath, vit K, hep B, eye ointment. We did the PKU because I think it's important, and also because I am hypothyroid. I just had to sign a waiver for the vaccine, eye ointment, and vit K. Just don't let the baby out of your sight and you should be fine.
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Another thing to consider re VitK is that if you have lots of it in your system, your babe is somewhat protected as well. My midwife has me take lots of alfalfa supplements in pregnancy (especially toward the end) to boost my vitamin K and the baby's. Just another approach.
spinach has lots of it too, we eat a huge box of spinach every week on salads and I throw some in smoothies.

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My midwife suggests nettle tincture and liquid chlorophyll the last couple of months to keep vitamin k levels up.

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