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#31 of 38 Old 09-21-2009, 05:58 PM
 
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I remember when the nursing tech at UCMC did the heel stick for DS. He'd had blood drawn before because I was GBS+ & labor went so fast, there was no time for ABTs.
The tech was sooo sweet - she really loved babies & loved her job. When she did it, she said she knew how to do it & it would be no problem. She was right! DS didn't even cry, it didn't take her long! She also used a warmer first on his foot.

She also asked if she could give him a pacifer dipped in sugar water & I consented. (I know it's proven to help manage the pain & DS had already been stuck a few times by then!!) The whole process was so short, so he didn't have the paci in long (15 seconds?) & he didn't have any other artificial nipples after that until about 4 weeks.

So, in my experience, the heel stick isn't traumatic. I would say it's just like any blood draw - make sure you get a good technician! It is a skill! If the person isn't pleasant, friendly, & seems uncomfortable with babies or doesn't bother to reassure you, ask for another tech! Don't let them stick your baby if you're not confident in their skill.
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our ped does use a warmer and is very quick, will let us nurse for it even. i don't think that it is standard "Call CPS" situation unless you are not at your ped, and are giving the hospital staff "a hard time", and maybe did some other "weird" stuff like maybe refuse other tests or try to keep the nurses from taking the baby or sticking their hand up your vagina, or stuff like that. i think then they may talk about calling CPS. i have a friend who was a UA birth who had to transfer and they made her pay for it.
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i have a friend who was a UA birth who had to transfer and they made her pay for it.
mind me asking which hospital this was?

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howard county general. they were pretty brutal. since she hadn't had GBS test, they required for her dd to be given antibiotics, put her in the NICU, wouldn't let my friend even hold her for the first day, wouldn't let her nurse for a few days, were doing multiple blood tests because she was really big and they were sure something was wrong with her (she was totally fine). it was her first baby and they kept threatening her with CPS so she felt very scared to stop them from not releasing her baby and keeping her from her baby.
i could go on, but you probably get it.
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That's wierd, my mw encourages us to stay home and not rush right into the peds. She comes out and does the Metabolic Screen as well.
yeah, same here. she does the test on a post birth visit if you want. in fact, we did go to the ped after a couple days because of some jaundice concerns and she was actually wishing we'd just called her first instead and would have helped us get a biliblanket and such if we needed it to avoid being in the doctors office more or if they'd suggested we take dd to the hospital.

my mw really wants us to just stay home and rest (and heal) as much as possible that first week for sure and the second week too. having done that last time, I feel like it was very helpful.

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My homebirth midwife came to our house and did the PKU so we wouldn't have to go anywhere.

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is this something that could vary by state? because they said it at the birth center too, and they both do postpartum home birth visits. they said they can't treat the baby, that a pediatrician has to do it.
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I guess it depends on the type of mw and her licensing requirements.

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