There are three procedures that your newborn will be offered with a few hours post delivery – eye ointment, vitamin k and hep b shot. Are these really necessary – is the question I get all the time as a childbirth educator and as a doula. The Vitamin K is the most popular for “should I, or shouldn’t I?”. This article was on Facebook. Many of you may have read it, but thought I’d include.
Vitamin K is what our bodies make naturally to clot blood. It takes us about 7-8 days to have enough in the newborn body to clot without being given the shot. I typically ask you all to do your research, ask your pediatrician and be sure and calm about the decision you make. The defining “yes, do it” comes when you are going to circumcise in the hospital.
Read the article by clicking HERE and then come back and let us know what you think.