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Having a HB, midwife gave me papers asking if I wanted these procedures, a lot of info but wandering what other mother's have chosen or not chosen, and why
 

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We did choose to have Vit. K injection. We didn't do eye ointment at birth. Midwife did end up trying the ointment on one eye when ds was 6 wks old b/c he kept having a goopy eye. Didn't help though. no antibiotics either.
 

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I had all three with my first birth. At the time, I hadn't been tested for any STDs, and although I did have a natural birth out of the hospital, I hadn't done much research on newborn procedures(I was 18 at the time). The only thing that I did not do was the hep. B vax-as I am was and still am a non-vaxing mother. I was GBS+ as well so we did one dose of antibiotics via bag and butterfly needle so I wouldn't have to have the IV. With #2 I was GBS-, so I didn't need to worry about antibiotics. I tried to decline the eye antibiotics, but apparently there is no exemption in Washington State, so I just dealt with that. Because of some complications with the pregnancy, I did do the vit. K, but that's it. The PKU and stuff we only did one test with both girls, 7 days after birth.
 

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We didn't do Vit K because we planned on bf'ing asap w/no supplementary bottles. No PKU because I was aware of the signs to watch for, plus the results arent accurate before 3 days of breastfeeding anyway. No eye ointment because we dont have any STDs. No GBS antibiotics because I'd choose natural remedies instead and don't agree with default antibiotic use.<br><br>
They can be tough choices for those who may be battling with the issues that involve these procedures, but that's where you have to weigh your own risks/benefits. After looking at our histories and lifestyle, these procedures were deemed unessesary.
 

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I didn't do any of them. I was GBS - so that one was easy. With the vit k, I was concerned that perhaps there is a reason babies aren't born with the ability to clot their blood and, thus, didn't feel right about opting for that one. Also my midwives said they would tell me if they thought it might be a good idea after getting a look at the baby (i.e. birth trauma). For the eye ointment, I don't have any STDs so I had no problem saying no to that one as well. We did the PKU testing but waited until he was 6 days old.<br><br>
Happy deciding! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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DD1 had vit k and the eye ointment, I didn't question it then. With dd2, I did my research and refused everything. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Never had abx b/c I wasn't GBS +.<br><br>
With my son he did have the eye ointment and Vit K.<br><br>
With DD I was prepared to refuse both the eye goop and Vit K. She ended up having a rather traumatic birth so I did have the Vit. K. No eye goop though.<br><br>
Absolutely NO Hep B vaccination for either of them.
 

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we did Vit K only at the suggestio of our CNM after a forcept delievery -- her concern was bruseing and bleeding and clotting.<br><br>
Frankly I had been in labor 33 hours, pushed 3 and been awakje 56+ .... so I just did what she said. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
Butttttttttttttttt looking back there was NO real REASON for her suggestion. his head was FINE and we could see that at birth, before the shot a hour later...sooooooooooooo to do again, I'd say no.<br><br>
the body doesn't make Vit K till day 9, I see no readon to buck the system and give the body something it seems to know it doesn't need,<br><br>
I have have no STD so no eye medication nedded.<br><br>
No other treatments.<br><br>
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K- yes. clotting disorders in family, bruising, 3 hr 2nd stage.<br><br>
gbs- was neg, would have done alternative tx<br><br>
eye goo- opted for "yes if sx occur." she had a weepy eye so got 3 days of erythromycin
 

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I had a homebirth. I did not have GBS antibiotics or Vitamin K, but I did choose to have the eye ointment. My midwife put the ointment in her own eyes at one point soshe would know how it felt. I don't think I have an STD, but I can't be 100% certain.<br><br>
I also chose to have the PKU which was a heel stick when she was about 5 days old. I'm not sure why I chose it now, but I wanted it at the time.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I didn't do any of them. I was GBS - so that one was easy. With the vit k, I was concerned that perhaps there is a reason babies aren't born with the ability to clot their blood and, thus, didn't feel right about opting for that one. Also my midwives said they would tell me if they thought it might be a good idea after getting a look at the baby (i.e. birth trauma). For the eye ointment, I don't have any STDs so I had no problem saying no to that one as well.</div>
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Ditto. I did do the PKU test when she was 24 hours old but that was all. I figured it was worth it just to get out of there plus while having a blood draw is not fun it is not the same as injecting my baby with something or smearing something in her eyes. I was GBS- but I also followed a probiotic regimine beforehand to try to up my chances of being negative.
 

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I have had all my children by csection. All of them had vitamin K and I am glad. Two of my children had pretty rough births, especially our first -- she was severely bruised all over her body. My last two babies had no eye ointment -- this was on my first birthplan as well but since I was near deaths door and had no say during an emergency they did it all.<br>
I have been tested in two of my pregnancies for GBS and came out negative. During my last pregnancy they didn't test me and neither I or the baby recieved antibiotics.<br>
One of the proceedures we delayed was the bath -- not sure if people consider that a proceedure or not. Another common proceedure is blood sticks for sugar. I had GD testing in my first two pregnancies but not in my last and will not this time. I will only let them test the babies sugar when the baby has to be sticked (my babies have to be sticked due to ABO incompatibility issues and jaundice). Also because I have jaundice babies, I make sure to discuss with my PED and the nursery staff about having light therapy in our room so we can "room in" and then I make arrangements before leaving to have light therapy and home health in our home.
 

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We didn't do the Eye Ointment because I don't have STD's.<br>
No Vit. K because we had a gentle birth and no clotting disorders.<br>
No GBS antibiotics because I didn't have GBS.
 

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I get really weary of the whole "Well *I* don't have an icky yucky STD so my baby didn't NEED antibiotics!" It's such a self-righteous high horse and I am tired of it. I don't have any STDs either, so far as I know, but my baby DID need antibiotics for her eyes. Ah well I guess loose women like me are prone to lying, right?
 

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During my hospital births I always got Vit K and the eye ointment. I didn't test pos with GBS until my third pg but that one went so fast I didnt get any antibiotics for it anyways.<br><br>
This time we are having a homebirth and so far I am declining the GBS testing.. I'm not 100% sure about the other's yet but so far from what I have read and my MW has told me, I won't be getting either.
 

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did vit. k and eye ointment w/ds because i hadn't researched it..no abx, though. i was GBS-.<br><br>
dd was UP/UC, so didn't have any of it. i didn't feel we were sufficiently at risk to need these things. dd did have a goopy eye, but it's not uncommon for newborns. treated it w/breastmilk.<br><br>
my state requires PKU (can't use religious or other exemption), but we did delay that until 2 weeks.
 

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<b><i><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span style="font-size:large;"><span>al my lo's have had the vit k injection, not the eye oitment don't even know what it is or what its for as never been offered it and never read about or been told about it at antenatal appointments <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: is it for sticky eye? all my lo's got a bit of sticky eye during the first few days but my mw said it was completely normal and to just keep them clean and it would probebly clear up in a few days, which it did <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> is GBS group b-strep? if so i thought you had to have the antibiotics if you were found to be positive for gbs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br>
is the pku testing the heal prick test? if so my lo's all had this at about 4-5 days old.<br>
i sound right thick don't i <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></span></span></span></i></b>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I get really weary of the whole "Well *I* don't have an icky yucky STD so my baby didn't NEED antibiotics!" It's such a self-righteous high horse and I am tired of it. I don't have any STDs either, so far as I know, but my baby DID need antibiotics for her eyes. Ah well I guess loose women like me are prone to lying, right?</div>
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But she didn't need the antibiotics because your gonnorhea made her blind and that's what these drops are for. Your baby may have had some sort of eye infection that required treatment with antibiotics but that is not the same as the routine prophalatic treatments given because the docs assume all mother have STDs and would just as soon not be sued because you didn't know you had it. Your one baby did need them but thousands more didn't. Should we all give them because occasionally a baby is going to need them or should we just wait and see if our baby needs them if we know we have a clean bill of health as far as STDs go? I actually do (well did) have an STD but fortunately it's not one that has anything to with these drops. So I'm certainly not on any high horse. It's just a simple fact. I don't have the STDs the drops are designed to protect my baby from so I don't give her the drops unless time shows that she needs them. No need to feel defensive about it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">:
 
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