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<span style="font-family:'Palatino Linotype';"><span style="font-size:small;"><span style="color:#800080;">I am about to have my home birth any day now (<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/belly.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="belly"> EDD Easter)... I know that I do not want to have eye drops or give vitamin K, vitamin D or vax (I do plan on selectively vaxing later...) I do not know of anything else, other then thous, that they give at birth. Do you? I am thinking that I will do a heal prick after I have had time to bf for a little. Say 4 days or so(?). The hearing test I am still questioning; what are others feelings? I can't really find a "list" of the tests they do here (NJ... Any sites?). I have called the hospitals and ask the ped. but all I keep getting is jabering or something like "the norm" I mean really, THAT IS NO HELP! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: My midwife is very willing to work with me on what ever I do (Including no cirt., if it is a boy, even though this goes against her religious choices <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">), and help me, if need be, with the ped. when I take dlo in at their two week.<br><br>
Do not feel that just because I am stating that these are my plan that I do not want to hear what you think/feel... Please tell me! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"></span></span></span>
 

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Hep b?
 

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Hep B is not a test, it is a vaccine.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hep B is not a test, it is a vaccine.</div>
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Yes, but she was mentioning Vit K and Vit D, and said she didn't know of anything else they give at birth. Just thought I'd mention it.
 

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Definitely do the heal prick test...whatever it is called, sorry that I don't know that official name. It is invaluable. I was against pretty much all those things you have mentioned, and I had a hospital birth. I was just very clear and repeated my wishes with whomever worked with me during the labor.<br><br>
The heal prick picked up hypothyroidism on my son, who makes virtually no thyroid of his own, and would otherwise be very mentally impaired if he didn't take his thyroid replacement everyday. He was one week old when we were rushed to the ER on Christmas Eve to have him retested because his test results showed almost no thyroid activity. Later we discovered he had vitiligo, but that is a whole other topic.
 

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I'm hypothyroid this time around so we will be doing the PKU testing as well--hopefully the baby will be fine. None of that other stuff, though.
 

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I'm going to do the heel prick (I think it's called the PICU) because, AFAIK, it's mandatory in my state. I don't have any objections to it and I don't want to fight my midwife over it (I'm homebirthing). I also think that a hearing test is required in my state, I don't have any objections to it either.<br><br>
I plan on turning down the eye drops, vitamin K, etc. Basically if I don't find it to be necessary and I don't have to argue with authorities about it, I'm turning it down.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm going to do the heel prick (I think it's called the PICU) because, AFAIK, it's mandatory in my state. I don't have any objections to it and I don't want to fight my midwife over it (I'm homebirthing). I also think that a hearing test is required in my state, I don't have any objections to it either.<br><br>
I plan on turning down the eye drops, vitamin K, etc. Basically if I don't find it to be necessary and I don't have to argue with authorities about it, I'm turning it down.</div>
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No, PICU means Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. What you meant was PKU which is Phenylketonuria.<br><br>
Yes, I do plan on the PKU. Eye gunk, no.
 

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The only testing we have ever done was the PKU test. IMO, its minimally invasive but if DC tested positive it would be invaluble to know from the get-go.
 

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PKU and that's it....absolutely nothing else.
 

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PKU but we wait a week or 2...some of the tests they include in the PKU test are not accurate at birth anyway.<br><br>
yeh, hep B if your child is sexually active or a drug user. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
actually, the PKU is all we will have done.
 

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The only thing that's common that the OP left out was the PKU/newborn screening test.<br><br>
I'm planning on the PKU but I recently because aware that many states are collection the DNA samples from the PKU tests and are selling them as medical research. Just trying to get the word out on that one. There's supposed to be some private labs that don't do this. I suggest looking into them.<br><br>
Also, PKU isn't effect to test for until about day 5 but there is a urine test that's supposed to be more accurant for PKU itselt. The PKU test normally covers other diseases and those have to be done with blood. All the ones most states test for (even the extended ones) can be done with cord blood if you want to avoid the heel prick. I'm planning on delaying the cord cutting/clamping but not so much that we have no cord blood.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The only thing that's common that the OP left out was the PKU/newborn screening test.<br><br>
I'm planning on the PKU but I recently because aware that many states are collection the DNA samples from the PKU tests and are selling them as medical research. Just trying to get the word out on that one. There's supposed to be some private labs that don't do this. I suggest looking into them.<br></div>
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Do you have a source on this? I'd like to find out which states are selling the DNA. Thanks!
 

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The only one we'll be doing this time again is the PKU. No eye goop, vit K, Hep B here. And since we're HBing, no newborn hearing test until later.
 

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I do all of the newborn screening tests. My state does the galactosemia, PKU, hypothyroidism, cystic fibrosis as well as a 100 panel looking for inborn errors of metabolism.<br><br><br>
I skip the eye drops and vacs.
 

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Regarding the Metabolic Disorders (PKU etc) heel prick -- it is only "State Law" in the same way Vaccines are "State Law" -- you can opt out.<br><br>
I allowed the test before but will not be doing it this time around - I had a negative gut feeling about it, and recently found out that the DNA is being kept and cataloged. In fact a new bill was just signed into law that mandates the collection and cataloging of DNA from newborns, without parental notification, in case of "public health emergency" etc.<br><br><a href="http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s110-1858" target="_blank">http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s110-1858</a><br><br>
If DH and I decide we want this test for any future children, we'll do it through a private lab and have the sample destroyed.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Regarding the Metabolic Disorders (PKU etc) heel prick -- it is only "State Law" in the same way Vaccines are "State Law" -- you can opt out.<br><br>
I allowed the test before but will not be doing it this time around - I had a negative gut feeling about it, and recently found out that the DNA is being kept and cataloged. In fact a new bill was just signed into law that mandates the collection and cataloging of DNA from newborns, without parental notification, in case of "public health emergency" etc.<br><br><a href="http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s110-1858" target="_blank">http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s110-1858</a><br><br>
If DH and I decide we want this test for any future children, we'll do it through a private lab and have the sample destroyed.</div>
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Maybe its because it's 5 in the morning and I have been up for 48 hours, but reading this legislation, I don't see where it says they will keep the DNA even without parental consent. I am extremely curious about this and will for sure ask our midwife if she uses a private lab. Please help me understand this a little bit better.
 

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How do you go about finding a private lab and making sure the samples are destroyed?
 

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We will do the PKU and our hospital also does a hearing test for newborns. Nothing else
 
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