Vitamin K Injection?

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Registered: 05-28-2009
Vitamin K Injection?
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Mon, 11-09-2009 - 6:57pm

Please help by sharing with me your knowledge, experience, & opinions. My baby is due in 3 weeks. I'm 42. I've decided, with no doubts, against the Hep B shot. However my Midwife & doula have told me to accept the Vitamin K shot because it's not worth the fight. I'm currently working on my Birth Plan & Vaccine Exemption Statement which needs to be notarized & submitted. I'm feeling overwhelmed by everything at this point. What should I do?

Thank you



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Registered: 06-24-2008
Wed, 11-11-2009 - 1:05am

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It is, yes .. however, it is still an injection, and still entering the body in an unnatural way. It is not pure vitamin -- so there are additional ingredients that some people may be concerned with.

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I doubt you are qualified to make that statement. Some people can have an allergic reaction to vitamin K. I cannot say for sure, but it would not surprise me if those allergies presented upon injection of vit K .. since it is an unnatural route for the vitamin to enter the body.

I do not mean to say that the OP should be fearful of an allergic reaction -- just be aware of the possibility (however remote, I would rather be informed than in the dark). I believe that for a person to truly give informed consent he or she needs to be fully informed -- that means knowing ALL of the risks and benefits and then deciding at the appropriate time if the intervention is the right thing for you.

To the OP == You could just say in your birth plan that you would like to decide at the time of birth if your baby will receive the Vit K. If you have an uneventful labor and delivery with no trauma to the baby and do not plan to circ or are BFing -- forego the injection. If there is some birth trauma / bruising / c section or you plan to circ or FF -- then have the injection administered.




Edited 11/11/2009 1:09 am ET by milacelcia


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Registered: 05-28-2009
Wed, 11-11-2009 - 2:06am
Thank you Melissa. You brought up some very good points.


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Registered: 05-28-2009
Wed, 11-11-2009 - 2:41am

Thank you for your "grats" on my baby.

1) I asked my "doctors" which are a CNM & a doula. Their advice was go ahead with the vitamin K.

2) I have spent the last 8 months researching everything concerning my baby; including all infant procedures & childhood vaccinations. However I'm not Mrs. Know It All. There comes a time to reach out to others who have already been through what we are faced with. My decision will not be based solely on the advice of the women on this board. However, "in a multitude of counselors there is wisdom". The wisdom, experience, & knowledge of the women on this board holds much more credibility than "doctors".

3) I am not a "conformist". I don't put much faith in medical doctors, drugs, or the system. Women birthed babies for thousands of years w/o "real life doctors".

4) Which is more foolish? To trust & seek advice from women who love their babies & children OR to trust & blindly follow a corrupt, greedy, multi-billion dollar system? Lol, couldn't you imagine, "Well honey, I think we should allow the government to inject our child with poison because they have our child's best interest at heart & they are so much smarter than we are".



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Registered: 05-28-2009
Wed, 11-11-2009 - 2:48am

Thanks Dee. Good to hear they didn't give you a fight over the Hep B. It is much more dangerous than the Vit K. That's good news about the leukemia connection. That was one of my concerns. I will check into that.

:-)



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Registered: 05-28-2009
Wed, 11-11-2009 - 3:05am

"I hardly think the OP was looking for petty arguments over sources of information or personal conflict -- but was instead looking for intelligent discussion and credible resources to help her make her decision. You provided neither."

Well said Melissa. What she did provide were rude, disrespectful comments.

Thank you to the women who shared their "real life" experiences & intelligent advice.



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Registered: 05-28-2009
Wed, 11-11-2009 - 3:15am

Thanks Melissa. Great points.

"You could just say in your birth plan that you would like to decide at the time of birth if your baby will receive the Vit K."

I was discussing this with my dh tonight. Things that do or don't happen in labor & delivery are determining factors in whether or not the baby will need the VK shot.

:-)



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Registered: 06-24-2008
Wed, 11-11-2009 - 9:50am

Glad we were able to help, some. :) I think it's great you've decided to have a NMW and doula to assist your birth, they have such a different view of birth than medical doctors in big institutions.

Good luck to you .. hope to hear more from you on the board! :)




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Registered: 12-14-2005
Wed, 11-11-2009 - 10:04am

There is a board for circumcision debate that also posted peer-reviewed articles that dispute the articles/studies you reference.

I don't think I can post another link from a debate board here (because then it becomes debatable here) - but if you go to that board and do a search you should be able to find it.






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Registered: 12-14-2005
Wed, 11-11-2009 - 10:08am

You can also opt for Vit K drops - at least you can in Canada. Can you access Vit K drops in the USA? (off to google)

Ahhh here:

Although oral vitamin K is not licensed for use as a drug by the FDA, drops for oral administration are available. Typically, one drop contains 2 mg. of vitamin K. Contact a midwife in your area, or a birthing supply company (such as birthwithlove.com), or Scientific Botanicals (206 527-5521) where your health care provider can order liquid vitamin K directly.

http://www.healthychild.com/birth/are-vitamin-k-shots-necessary/






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Registered: 06-24-2008
Wed, 11-11-2009 - 11:03am

I'm not really interested in the circ debate .. I am very happy with the decision we made and more than happy to make it again in the future.

I've read the studies that I feel are most relevant to that debate .. and as a health care provider, I see what happens in old men who have not been circ'd .. it makes some things very difficult, cleaning does become an issue -- not to mention the science related to infectious disease.




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