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September 9th, 2010, 05:31 PM
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Heel Prick Test for Newborns Facing Ethics Questions | KIMA CBS 29 - News, Weather and Sports - Yakima, WA - Yakima, Washington 29 | News

interesting. We did the heel prick test for Cadie (although we declined everything else) and it was awful. We declined it for Vivian.
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September 9th, 2010, 10:35 PM
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Weird.... I was never given a pamphlet on this test...

This is scary...
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September 10th, 2010, 05:13 AM
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I'm not sure I see the danger if the researchers are only given a number and never know who the baby is. It seems a good way to make use of existing samples, rather than having to subject babies to more tests for their studies. It probably allows them to do studies they would not be able to otherwise. Anything that can help sick kids without hurting anyone seems like a great idea to me. And since you have the option of requesting your sample be destroyed, those who feel really strongly about it can do so... I guess the problem, as usual with the medical establishment, is the lack of informed consent.
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September 10th, 2010, 05:25 AM
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I had it done for both girls. I would much rather know if my baby has galactosemia or another life threatening condition than worry about whether the government is secretly tracking our DNA. If the sample is only given a number and destroyed later on then I really don't care if they use it for research. And if I did I would simply find out how to ask to have it destroyed.

Having a few family members with cancer, diabetes, and other DNA-linked diseases I can say that I am quite happy to oblige research that could improve their quality of life or save mine or my children's in the future.
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September 10th, 2010, 07:45 AM
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it's just a weird test, because what they test for is different in every state. That maple syrup disease, what's the deal with that? lol
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September 10th, 2010, 07:58 AM
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I think it's weird that the woman said...

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I think it can be talked about a little more. But that's hard to say. How much do you want to talk and how much do you want to sleep as a new mom?" said Siefkas.
Really? That's the reason not to know more about things? Yes, its overwhelming for a first time mom, but you have to fill out birth certificate stuff while in the hospital, isn't that more time consuming and confusing than hearing about a little test?

Oh not to mention that this is something that could get talked about BEFORE the baby is born... like everyother aspect of the birth.
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September 10th, 2010, 12:29 PM
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That maple syrup disease, what's the deal with that? lol
Oh, it's something you can only get in Quebec, from going to the sugar shack too often....
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September 10th, 2010, 03:15 PM
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I think it's weird that the woman said...



Really? That's the reason not to know more about things? Yes, its overwhelming for a first time mom, but you have to fill out birth certificate stuff while in the hospital, isn't that more time consuming and confusing than hearing about a little test?

Oh not to mention that this is something that could get talked about BEFORE the baby is born... like everyother aspect of the birth.
I agree. I want to be fully informed about everything done to me, everything done to my child. I really do not understand the whole "well I don't want to know about it, it's too much to think about" view. I just don't get it.

Strangely the heel prick didn't bother Kate one bit, we thought she'd be screaming and she acted like she was getting a nice massage. So weird.
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September 11th, 2010, 04:20 PM
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Wow! They did the heel prick test in the hospital and at her 2 week appointment, she (and I too, lol) cried so hard.
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September 11th, 2010, 04:52 PM
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I do remember being informed of our state's policy on keeping the DNA. Of course they told me immediately after her birth when we were all still awake despite it being almost 2 am. I hate the excuses of why moms don't want to be informed. I'd much rather hear someone tell me about what my baby is getting and why than have no clue
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September 11th, 2010, 05:01 PM
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I don't mind the research aspect of it at all. We did decide to get this done - in the hospital they did it without asking or telling us. But we got the second one done by my midwife. I nursed the baby through it and she didn't even notice.
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