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Denying all testing And routine procedure after birth.. Nomo 4 kids; Mueang Phuket, Thailand 30487 posts
22nd Feb '13

I am planning a nqtural waterbirth this time. No drugs, i dont want an IV, i dont anything, but somone there to intervene if some sort of medical problem arrises. I dont want my baby to get any shots or goop in their eyes, i dont want to get bathed or anything or get the PKU .



I want to have my baby and then go home shortly after. I can deny all this right? Im seeing a midwife so hoping she understands the more natural aspect of this.




Im going to ask at my next appt and if they give me a hard time i might just end up going to this birthing center we have or a homebirth.




If you had a hospital birth and denied all that for your baby what happened? Did they agree and accept or give you a hard time?

Squeaky McGee 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 63826 posts
22nd Feb '13

Yes, you can, but I will never understand why someone would go to the hospital and then deny ALL medical testing/intervention. Just birth at home if that's the case.

user banned Due November 7; 1 child; Dayton, Ohio 26853 posts
22nd Feb '13

I am not 100% but I want to say they want to keep the baby for at least 24 hours. I am not sure if you can decline that. Interested to find out

Squeaky McGee 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 63826 posts
22nd Feb '13
Quoting Smartass *TTC*:" I am not 100% but I want to say they want to keep the baby for at least 24 hours. I am not sure if you can decline that. Interested to find out"


No, you can leave. If they recommend that you stay and you leave AMA (against medical advice) then good luck getting your insurance company to pay.

Nomo 4 kids; Mueang Phuket, Thailand 30487 posts
22nd Feb '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Squeaky McGee [17 wks]:</b>" Yes, you can, but I will never understand why someone would go to the hospital and then deny ALL medical testing/intervention. Just birth at home if that's the case."</blockquote>




Easier said than done with my wild kids.. Thats why i dont want to hirth at my house.




Plus just in case something does happen i have that crutch.

user banned Due November 7; 1 child; Dayton, Ohio 26853 posts
22nd Feb '13
Quoting Squeaky McGee [17 wks]:" Yes, you can, but I will never understand why someone would go to the hospital and then deny ALL medical testing/intervention. Just birth at home if that's the case."

I would. Because I had a completely normal pregnancy, labor, and then my son locked in wrong and almost died. And I am 90% sure he WOULD have died if I had a home birth. That doesn't mean I don't want a home birth, I do, but I also am fully aware that something CRAZY could happen and I'd like someone around for that.

tooodles 240 kids; Thailand 5075 posts
22nd Feb '13

I know you can deny all that but at the hospital I had both my sons they will not release you for a certain amount of time.

Nomo 4 kids; Mueang Phuket, Thailand 30487 posts
22nd Feb '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Smartass *TTC*:</b>" I am not 100% but I want to say they want to keep the baby for at least 24 hours. I am not sure if you can decline that. Interested to find out"</blockquote>




Ie left before 24 hours, it was only a few hours short of that, but i dont see the point in staying. Not the first time ive done this! Lol

GirlsHaveCOOTIES 3 kids; Minsk, Belarus 15331 posts
22nd Feb '13

Here it's hospital protocal to keep the baby for at least 24 hours.. we are having a home birth this time around :-)

If you want the most natural birth you can get, do it at home.

I ♥ Jack & Amelia 3 kids; St. Louis, Missouri 3410 posts
22nd Feb '13
Quoting Squeaky McGee [17 wks]:" Yes, you can, but I will never understand why someone would go to the hospital and then deny ALL medical testing/intervention. Just birth at home if that's the case."

This. And why wouldn't you want them to get the PKU/other testing? It's just a heel stick and can detect a lot of things. I would want to know if something was wrong.. I can get behind the no shots, goop in the eye, no bath thing...

Squeaky McGee 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 63826 posts
22nd Feb '13
Quoting I ♥ Jack & Amelia :" This. And why wouldn't you want them to get the PKU/other testing? It's just a heel stick and can detect ... [snip!] ... a lot of things. I would want to know if something was wrong.. I can get behind the no shots, goop in the eye, no bath thing..."


Yeah, I don't understand that either, but to each their own.

Nomo 4 kids; Mueang Phuket, Thailand 30487 posts
22nd Feb '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting I ♥ Jack & Amelia :</b>" This. And why wouldn't you want them to get the PKU/other testing? It's just a heel stick and can detect ... [snip!] ... a lot of things. I would want to know if something was wrong.. I can get behind the no shots, goop in the eye, no bath thing..."</blockquote>




Im still thinking about this one, i uderstand its just a prick but id like to post pone it if i could a little bit.




I just dont want my baby feeling pain in the first hours and days of life. Thats all.

MILF !! 2 kids; Connecticut 3946 posts
22nd Feb '13

you're better off just starting to look at birth centers.



hospitals will give you a hard time about leaving AMA, and like the other girl said, you insurance will not pay for it.



Dont bother with a hospital, they'll just stress you out with asking you if you want things you have no desire for while you're in labor.

PurpleBama582 52 kids; Dothan, Alabama 3875 posts
22nd Feb '13

I'm not sure you can deny the PKU test. It's not done until at least 24 hours after birth, and in most states is mandatory.

Squeaky McGee 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 63826 posts
22nd Feb '13
Quoting PurpleBama582:" I'm not sure you can deny the PKU test. It's not done until at least 24 hours after birth, and in most states is mandatory. "


The eye ointment is mandatory, too. At least, it is here. I'm sure the rules and regulations vary from state to state.