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January 13th, 2011, 10:47 AM
mommybugnbugga's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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Does anyone know how I can find the state laws regaurding the eye goop, hep B vax and the Vit K shot? I know there is a law that says a baby cannot be released from the hospital without these things, but I am trying to find out what the homebirth options are. I don't mind the Vit. K shot (as both my other 2 actually needed it) but the Hep B and the eye goop is kind of stupid IMHO. I am going to ask my m/w about it next week, but I just wanted to see if I could research it a bit. But I don't know where to start.

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January 13th, 2011, 01:22 PM
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I just did a quick google search and it looks like you can opt out of the Vitamin K and Hep B... I'll see if I can find any info on the eye goop. But I think your best bet is going to be to ask your midwife what her recommendations are, in what instances she would do these procedures and what the laws are. Then that way you can make the best decision for your family!

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January 13th, 2011, 01:39 PM
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You are awesome thank you I tried to google and kept coming up with nothing...lol. I am wondering if I am google-ly challenged

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January 13th, 2011, 02:22 PM
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I agree...asking your midwife will be the easiest way to find out.
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We aren't to give a baby milk, berries, or peanut butter. We are to introduce new foods one at a time. But it's OK to inject several viruses, bacteria, aluminum, formaldehyde, phenoxyethanol, animal serum, mercury, squalene and more into an 8 week old? I don't think so.
In order to be healthy it is an unfortunate fact that people must be allowed the opportunity to be ill. I trust my body and those of my children to work correctly against the relatively benign diseases they vax for, and do not trust the ingredients in the vaccinations.
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January 13th, 2011, 09:55 PM
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Most homebirthers do not do these things, so your midwife will probably be able to let you know. They are not mandatory anywhere but New York. They're practically mandatory, in that hospitals may tell you you have to, and may even do without consent because they're so used to it, but they are NOT. It is mandatory that they offer/try to get you to. Not that you actually have to have it done.

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January 15th, 2011, 12:07 PM
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We don't have to do any of them at home but were doing vit k but no eye goop. Hep b will be done at my peds office at 2 -3 days old my.midwife does.not do hep b

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January 17th, 2011, 07:32 PM
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Even in NY, most HB midwives won't even blink about you refusing vit k and hep b. one of the many benefits of birthing at home is having control over if/when newborn procedures take place.

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January 18th, 2011, 04:12 PM
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wow...preggo brain must have kicked in already, I saw my midwife about something else today and forgot to ask...I think I might need to make notes to tak with me to my appointment...lol

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