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mommybugnbugga January 13th, 2011 10:47 AM

state laws?
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.

Twinkle January 13th, 2011 01:22 PM

Re: state laws?
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!

mommybugnbugga 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

Martha83 January 13th, 2011 02:22 PM

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I agree...asking your midwife will be the easiest way to find out.

Sk8ermaiden 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.

HippyMomOf4 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

Pyrodjm 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.

mommybugnbugga 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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