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Just curious...what do you do after the birth? Take to a ped for a baby checkup? My birth center said I am required by law to be at the dr's office for a new baby checkup within 2 days.<br><br>
Do you have to abide by any laws like that when you are UC?<br><br>
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I don't know where you're located, but doctor visits are never mandatory. You don't need to do WBVs if you don't want to, and unless you feel you need to, don't need to take babe to a ped either. We didn't.
 

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your birth center is feeding you a load of bull. no one is required to reicieve medical care. there are no laws saying as such.<br>
ask them to provide you with the written law.<br><br>
they wont be able to.
 

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With my 1st UC baby we only took her in for a check because I was told it was needed to get the birth cert- but we waited until she was 6 months old, lol!<br><br>
With my 2nd UC baby, we had my dh's friend who's a ped, come over when my ds was 5 days old and do his checkup here at our house. Also just for the birth cert though.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">your birth center is feeding you a load of bull. no one is required to reicieve medical care. there are no laws saying as such.<br>
ask them to provide you with the written law.<br><br>
they wont be able to.</div>
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Now that I think of it, I think they may just be required to "notify" me. KWIM?<br><br>
Do UC'ers usually consider it nessicary or important? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Do you know specific things to watch for in those first days?
 

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Are you UCing?
 

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Not that I know of...but I have fantasy's about it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br>
I do feel that this labor is going to be very very fast. (My last labor was 2 hours, and this is my #4 baby) So *if* the baby is born by UC, I would love to be prepared (a little) But I would kind of call it an "oops" just maybe not with calling 911 or something rediculous like that.<br><br>
I am very unsure of how this birth is going to go down, logistacly. My homebirth Midwife may or may not be in town...I may or may not go to the birth center in that case...etc. I wish I had a more "set in stone" plan. But I trust that "what will be will be" and we will know "at that time" what is the right path to take.<br><br>
Also, You guys just rock. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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you don't <i>have</i> to take your baby to a doctor in my state. i don't think any state can make you.
 

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Not true at all. They're full of it. My nearly 2 YO has never seen an MD. No laws, nowhere. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I plan to take our newborn to the ped (or the naturopath if they EVER get back to me about whether they offer the tests!) 5-7 days after birth in order to have the metabolic test (formerly known as the PKU) & hearing test done.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">What about that crazy Nebraska law about the heel stick test for newborns?</div>
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according to <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16846962/" target="_blank">this</a> article, "Nebraska is one of four states — along with South Dakota, Michigan and Montana — that don’t let parents opt out of the testing."<br><br>
I have a squirming babe on my lap and the search function is down for maintenance <a href="http://www.ncsl.org/programs/health/screeningprivacy.htm" target="_blank">here</a> so I wasn't able to find more detailed information regarding the specific wording of the law.
 

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Oh, I understand better now. Thanks for clarifying. Just wanted to mention that calling 911 <i>isn't</i> ridiculous for those who need the assistance <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Peace.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Peace">
 

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Do UC'ers usually consider it nessicary or important? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
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I can't speak for all UCers but most do think that it is necessary and important to do some sort of 'check-up' with the baby whether it is at home or with a doctor.<br>
I had a midwife assisted homebirth with my first son and he has never seen a doctor. Yes, never. With our UC birth, we ended up taking our second son to a pediatrician because he was born with a hydrocele (swollen scrotum).<br>
Three books helped me to know what 'things to watch for'. One, The Baby Book by Dr. Sears. Two, Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child. Third, Heart and Hands by Elizabeth Davis.<br>
I believe that I know my newborns better than anyone. My husband calls <span style="text-decoration:underline;">me</span> the 'the family doctor'.
 

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I took my son in at 8 days because I wanted him to have the PKU, but not because it was a law (although apparently it is here, but I just moved from Kentucky).<br>
For the states where it is a law I can't believe it has to be within 2 days.
 

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Interesting! I'm in MI and none of mine have had the testing. I wonder what the punishment is? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Interesting! I'm in MI and none of mine have had the testing. I wonder what the punishment is? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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I never got my kids the "manditory" hearing tests when they were babies. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jaw2"><br><br><span style="font-size:xx-small;">And yet I cut off part of my childs penis. Thought that would be a good idea.</span> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bawling.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bawl"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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<a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(ep2xx5b2zce43vipkjjxbife))/mileg.aspx?page=getobject&objectname=mcl-333-5431" target="_blank">http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(ep2...e=mcl-333-5431</a><br><br>
So, the Michigan law doesn't say anything about the parents having to do it, only the health care professional attending the birth or in charge of the newborn's medical care. And that they don't need informed consent.<br>
So UC, and no testing, is totally legal in MI. Obviously not so much in Nebraska. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Interesting! I'm in MI and none of mine have had the testing. I wonder what the punishment is? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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you laugh, but for the woman in the article the punishment was that she had her baby <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=770862&highlight=nebraska" target="_blank">taken from her</a> and placed in a foster home until the testing was done.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">you laugh, but for the woman in the article the punishment was that she had her baby <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=770862&highlight=nebraska" target="_blank">taken from her</a> and placed in a foster home until the testing was done.</div>
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Our gov't is an effing joke.<br><br>
They let social services cases where there are 10 foster kids living in cages and peeing in a bowl go....but then they take kids away from parents because of this.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bigeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bigeyes">:
 
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