True Story: A friend of mine just had a baby via emergency c-section and is currently still in the hospital recovering while her baby is in the NICU.
This mother has been through more than any human being could ever imagine having to go through over a lifetime and is still one of the sweetest, strongest women.
She chose to decline the vitamin K shot for her baby because as you can see from the package insert there are clear warnings and because the hospital she is in couldn’t pressure her into changing her mind, they then called CPS on her.
Yes, you read that right. CPS was called on her for declining something she has every legal right to decline and every logical reason to decline.
Thankfully another friend of mine, Erin Crawford, was able to be at the hospital when the hospital social worker came in. And ya know what? The hospital was scared of the facts Erin was presenting. So much so.. they brought in the head of nursing, the attending physician, and the hospital administrator to the room to discuss what she was presenting to them.
After 40 minutes of talking to them, the head of nursing and the attending physician ADMITTED they had no idea the Vit K shot has a black box warning (strictest warning put on the labeling of drugs by the FDA when there is reasonable evidence of an association of a serious hazard.)
The hospital lawyer ADMITTED the consent and refusal forms that are given to patients when declining said drugs do not fully inform the patient and are illegal, apologized profusely and promised to revise the forms.
They then could do nothing else but promise to leave this poor mother alone.. which is great! But this shouldn’t have happened to begin with and it happens ALL the time.
First of all, why is CPS being called on parents for no reason other than harassment?
Second of all, why didn’t the doctor and nurse know that the Vit K shot they were not only recommending but harassing a patient into giving her newborn baby… has a black box warning? Shouldn’t doctors know every detail about every drug they prescribe?
Thirdly, why is the hospital giving consent and refusal forms that do not adequately inform patients to the risks associated with every drug they are consenting to?
Fourthly, why is the Vit K shot being given to EVERY SINGLE newborn baby when it clearly states on the package insert that it should only be given when the serious risk involved is considered justified?
Some info to consider about Vit K:
“In order to absorb vitamin K we have to have a functioning biliary and pancreas system. The reason we give breastmilk (and delay solids) until they are atleast 6 months, and the reason breastmilk only contains a small amount of highly absorbable Vit K, is because infants digestive systems are not fully developed at birth and too much Vit K could harm the liver and cause brain damage. As baby ages and the digestive tract, mucosal lining, gut flora, and enzyme functions develop, baby can process more Vit K. So it makes sense that they have low levels of Vit K at birth. (and we don’t need to inject them with a high amount of synthetic Vit K.)
Cord blood contains stem cells, which protect a baby against bleeding and perform all sorts of needed repairs inside an infants body. In order for a baby to get this protective boost of stem cells, cord-cutting needs to be delayed and the blood needs to remain thin so stem cells can easily travel and perform their functions.
Babies are born with low levels of Vit K compared to adults, but this level is still sufficient to prevent problems.
Several clinical observations support the hypothesis that children have natural protective mechanisms that justify their low vitamin K levels at birth. I don’t know about you, but we should probably figure out why that is before we inject now and worry about it later.
Do you know why Vit K is pushed on parents and their children? Because pharmaceutical companies don’t like to lose money, doctors don’t like to be questioned, the American Academy of Pediatrics dare not change its recommendations.” -Pediatrician
Edited to note: For those of you questioning whether VIT K is administered subcutaneously or intramuscularly, it was confirmed by the doctors at this hospital as well as birth professionals in the comments on this post that standard practice is intramuscular.
Additional Notes From The Comments Section
Tracey Huxtable Thank goodness she had the support of a friend, after what she has been through it would have been very stressful how dare the hospital do this, such extreme bullying and harassment then there is the other extreme that they allow abused children to continually go back to abusive homes until they are so damaged or worse still dead, go figure!
JL Watson ” why is the Vit K shot being given to EVERY SINGLE newborn baby when it clearly states on the package insert that it should only be given when the serious risk involved is considered justified? ” – I think we all know the reason for this one…. MONEY.
Rachel Elizabeth Riddell I declined the vitamin k shot, but I think that it’s worth noting that this warning is for the intravenous (IV) and intramuscular injections. Subcutaneous is what they are recommending, and it’s what is given to newborns in hospitals.
Gloria Little It’s my understanding that the Vit K shot is given so that it’s “safer” for the baby boys to be circumcized before leaving the hospital after delivery. (At eight days old, Vit K is at a peak, and it is truly safer for boys to be circumcized then.) Baby girls never needed Vit K shots.
Rachel Elizabeth Riddell Intramuscular needles are huge, they just use the little ones. It would be a pretty incompetent person that would give it IM, but anything is possible.
Rachel Elizabeth Riddell Not to negate the importance of weighing the risks! I just think it’s important to be accurate in the information we’re giving out and receiving, otherwise we’re doing the same thing.
Kayla Balas Rachel Elizabeth Riddell I agree and I understand what you’re saying. However these risks are still associated and doctors didn’t even know and they are also treating parents horribly for declining. I was threatened by an MFM doctor during my last pregnancy.
Teporah Bilezikian I refused it with my second son. The nurses threatened me. Told me I didn’t care if my son might die. I told them to get the Hell out of my room and leave me alone.
Mary Trudell I know 1st hand of a woman who left CA to go to OR to give birth for the specific purpose of AVOIDING mandatory Vaxx Laws and she denied the baby vitamin K shot and CPS showed up and medically kidnapped her 1 day old infant.
Erin Crawford Rachel Elizabeth Riddell, that is actually incorrect. As confirmed many times during my conversation with the physician and head of nursing yesterday, and then follow ups discussions with a midwife last night, this injection is ALWAYS given intramuscular in the vastus lateralis.
Kayla Balas Anytime there is a traumatic delivery or concern of bleeding I would likely consider it and weigh the risks. However, most babies have zero need for it and also the fact that when you consent to it they aren’t giving you, the mother, ALL of the information so you CAN make an informed decision.
Rachel Benedict What about the oral dose? Me and my husband refused the shot but gave our son the oral version…is there a difference? We requested to read the box and the insert and the ingredient list and my son has had no adverse affects but I’m wondering what’s the difference?
Katelin Nicole A lot of hospitals are carrying the Thorne Pharmaceutical Vitamin K2/D3 drops. Much much safer.
Amber Jack-Henderson Thanks for sharing this Elise Gates Carrell. I was prepared to tell my doctors that we wanted to wait a couple of hours but after reading this I don’t believe he will be getting it at all. Did you get the hep b and eye ointment for Emmett?
Elise Gates Carrell Yes he didn’t have those either.
Beth English Beaudry I can say, as a nurse, the docs spread horror stories of brain bleeds and such to scare parents into accepting vitamin K injections. I’m sure they feel they’re doing the right thing-because they have been convinced themselves that there is a true correlation.
James Harrison BSc K is not needed if the umbilicus is left intact until bled out by the newborn.
Casie Ray How long does that take typically? Can you request it not cut immediately?
Beatrice A. Sanchez Takes anywhere from 5-10 minutes. Yes, you should be allowed delayed cord clamping. I recommend it.
Brittany Spencer Ugh, I felt so pressured into giving this to my son when he was born because my doctor insisted that it was just a vitamin and that if he had any bleeding on his brain it would save his life. I wish I would have done so much more research before I let her talk me into it. I’m just glad I’ve denied every other vaccine since.
Sherri Burgess As an RN, first of all, major hats off to your friend for being so courageous and brave! Also, it’s really not that all of these people are evil and mean (I’m in no way justifying that CPS should have been called), I am just wanting to point out that most medical professionals honestly have NO idea! No one has ever told them otherwise. I used to the the nurse that judged people for not vaccinating their kids. It took my son being injured for me to no longer deny the obvious. So, when/if an opportunity arises, please try your best to politely and informatively educate them. Ask them for the insert before saying no to anything. Then show them your concerns on the insert in plain black and white. 9/10 it will probably be the first time that medical professional has ever read an insert. Don’t assume that everyone has bad intentions, they just don’t know any better. I am also not denying the fact that some do know the truth and there are evil greedy monsters out there.
Melissa Pilgrim But shouldn’t someone who goes into the medical field WANT to know what they are giving… what is in the vial.. I know I would.. so I don’t give them a free pass Bc. ” maybe they didn’t know” this is their job… they should know..
Sherri Burgess Yes, you are right, they (we) should, however I will be honest with you, it is not something that often takes place when it comes to vaccines, medications yes, vaccines no. It’s all part of the brainwashing, most literally have no clue that there is even a possibility of vaccines being dangerous. It is common sense to you and I but nurses have such a broad spectrum of medication reactions to worry and learn about and unfortunately we are never taught to think twice of vaccines, neither are Dr’s. Very sad, but true
Liz Cornett I have a questions about vit k. I’ve read that it’s given to prevent the brain from bleeding in some sort of rare condition – I mean, that’s what the say, right? Anyway, I had a nurse in the hospital tell me that it would help in the chance that we were in a car accident on the way home from the hospital or if the baby needed surgery. I assume she was just blowing smoke…?
Sherri Burgess Nurse here, vitamin K helps our blood to clot. Newborns are born with little to no vit k in their bloodstreams. So babies can excessively bleed but it doesn’t mean that they will. So any injury that could cause a bleed could hurt the baby.
Melissa Pilgrim It’s suppose to help blood clot.. so she isn’t really wrong.. but if you get in a car accident I don’t think the Vitk will do much for it… surgery… well… idk I’d imagine they would have blood on hand in case the rare chance of a major blood loss
Katelin Nicole Newborns are also born with other things that protect against bleeds and damage that adults don’t have.
Tara Ogden Can someone tell me how long the cord clamp needs to be delayed? I’m having a c-section & my doctor said she would delay clamping but I want to give her a certain amount of time that she needs to delay while I’m on the OR table.