Midwife Vitamin K Informed Consent
Newborn babies are born with little vitamin K and breastmilk is low in vitamin K.
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At birth the baby’s intestinal tract has no bacteria to make the vitamin, but throughout the first week of life bacteria levels and vitamin K levels naturally increase. Newborns are routinely given a vitamin K injection in most hospitals to prevent Vitamin K Deficiency Disease, a rare but deadly bleeding condition. This type of internal bleeding in a newborn can lead to internal damage, brain damage and even death if undetected. The injection is given in the first hour of life. THIS IS NOT A VACCINATION. Vitamin K deficiency symptoms occur in approximately 6/100,000 newborns who don’t receive any supplementation; some statistics quote as high as 1/100 newborns. Some parents object to their newborn receiving painful routine injections; some dislike the preservatives in the injections, some dislike giving a coal tar derivative. Use the Midwife Vitamin K Informed Consent mobile app to consent to the use of Vitamin K with newborn infant,
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