I know why they give it... it's a clotting agent, etc... good idea especially if you're circ'ing (I think I've "won" on that one though- we're not...). And there is the whole tiny percent of babies that get brain bleeds...
But why NOT give Vit K? Just because it's a shot they don't need? Are there risks with getting it?
My DH is really fighting me on this one now (thanks to the nurse at the hospital tour...), and thinks that even if it's a preventative measure for something HIGHLY unlikely, as long as it doesn't cause any harm, might as well take the preventative measure.
I'm at my dad's so I don't have any of my books here... thanks for your help!
Mara & Joel, 2009
http://www.givingbirthnaturally.com/...vitamin-k.html sums it up real well. I do think it's a good idea for certain situations, but not ALWAYS needed. Just best when viewed case-by-case.
Other sites list higher risk for Leukemia.
I just wish that the oral version were more readily available as an option. I know in the US you can get it online and whatnot. It's not available at all in Canada.
Delayed cord clamping is really the best defense against bleeding issues.
There is another article about it. From what I have read the Leukemia hypothesis was debunked in a british study from 2003. My midwife has oral vitK avail. and we will probably use it, as even with the delayed cord clamping if we have a son we will have him circ'd ~ and even though his circ will be at about 2 weeks of age (at home) I would still probably want the vitK.
After reading a few things, my DH said that the oral sounds like a good compromise... so, I think I'll be asking my midwife about that at my next appt. I found the midwife website where you can get it online...but I wonder if my hospital will know how/how much to administer.
Mara & Joel, 2009
I've been struggling with this too, and was wondering if there is any reason to worry that the oral K might give stomach upset or even a bad taste in the mouth that would interfere wiht breast feeding? It is so hard to weigh the pros/cons of every decision, but when its your baby, I feel like I need to!
The oral sounds like a good option. My mw does not even do it routinely and you have to tell her ahead of time or she will not have it on her. She just does not feel it is necessary. I trust her judgement and just do not do it.
Yeah, I have also read that most hospitals need time beforehand to order it and if I am not mistaken, I believe it has to be refrigerated. Just be sure to clear everything with the hospital too.
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ITA with the article that Jooniper posted. Yeah, it's a shot that doesn't always need to be given, but it's also introducing preservatives & whatever medium the VitK is in so that it can be injected into the body, and in that massive amount it can actually cause jaundice. I just don't want to go there if I don't have to. My DD had a rather traumatic birth, she was quite literally yanked out, she had fingerprint bruises on her arms & legs, she'd inhaled meconium which meant they tried to push a tube down her throat to suction her lungs, she had an IV line inserted for antibiotics, and she wasn't able to nurse right away to get any VitK from colostrum. She got the shot. My son had a gentle birth & was able to nurse immediately & wasn't being circ'd, so he didn't need extra VitK and didn't get it.
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What Stacey said as far as "why". My mw told us that we are free to decline it, and I told her I heard it was really only necessary if there was trauma associated with the birth and can we reserve the right to decide until after we see how L&D goes, and she said absolutely. So that's what we're doing--in case of bleeding/bruising, sure. Otherwise, it's an unnecessary shot during a delicate time and I'd rather skip it.