The most ridiculous birth plans you've had the pleasure of reading - page 6

by PeepnBiscuitsRN 48,813 Views | 170 Comments

I don't know when I became so jaded- I had a birth plan with my son...every single thing went the opposite of what we had wanted (induction, ITN with subsequent pukefest and finally stat section for non reassuring heart rate and... Read More


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    "Force" is a strong word. Circumcision is not the only thing that can put a baby at risk for a bleed. Head trauma at birth is the main reason for Vitamin K. Considering how babies get here, they are all at risk for that possibility.
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    If she wasn't pushing for hours on end, and it wasn't an instrumental delivery, then I think it's entirely reasonable to decline the Vitamin K shot.
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    Our hospital now has peanut-shaped labor balls. The woman sits in the center portion of it. They're really cool.
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    I love the peanuts! So much safer too and I agree, the only time I've ever strongly recommended Vit K right after birth was with a failed vacuum that became forceps (they had been going to decline, we compromised with during the first feed).
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    Quote from Mermaidblues
    "Force" is a strong word. Circumcision is not the only thing that can put a baby at risk for a bleed. Head trauma at birth is the main reason for Vitamin K. Considering how babies get here, they are all at risk for that possibility.
    It is a strong word and when we tell a patient they must accept vit k we are forcing it on them if they do not want it. Head trauma is normal to some degree. A typical vaginal delivery is something our bodies are design for. What makes us think this is necessary in every single delivery? Vit k doesn't come without risks.

    I, as a patient, a nurse and most importantly as the mom should always have the right to decline treatment I do not feel is in my child's best interest. I think a state forcing, which it is, vit k I completely wrong and beyond their right as a government. Strong word for a strong action.
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    Quote from IrishIzRN
    It is a strong word and when we tell a patient they must accept vit k we are forcing it on them if they do not want it. Head trauma is normal to some degree. A typical vaginal delivery is something our bodies are design for. What makes us think this is necessary in every single delivery? Vit k doesn't come without risks.

    I, as a patient, a nurse and most importantly as the mom should always have the right to decline treatment I do not feel is in my child's best interest. I think a state forcing, which it is, vit k I completely wrong and beyond their right as a government. Strong word for a strong action.
    Right, and if the birth process itself was such a risk to babies, then we all would have died out as a species before Vitamin K shots were invented. But somehow, we all survived.

    The birth process is not a risk factor. The things WE DO to babies during the birth process and the first few days after birth before they make their own endogenous Vitamin K is what the risk is.
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    The vit K can be given orally.
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    Quote from losbozos
    The vit K can be given orally.
    I'm not a huge fan of oral Vitamin K for breastfed babies.
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    Quote from klone

    I'm not a huge fan of oral Vitamin K for breastfed babies.
    How come?
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    If they're planning on exclusively breastfeeding, I like to try to avoid giving anything by mouth in order to preserve the natural gut flora. Of course, if there is any supplementation, it's a moot point.


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