I've been told I need to provide informed consent for the hospital to administer vitamin K to my baby after birth. Aparently Vit K reduces the likelihood of internal bleeding (and subsequent death). It can be administered by injection through the heal of the foot (ouch!) or multiple oral administrations.
When I questioned my midwife on how the injection must be painful, her response was "oh, the baby won't feel it..." I challenged her on that by asking if the baby cried... she corrected herself by suggesting that "oh, baby won't remember it".
Vitamin K has been tentatively linked with leukemia and no-one will give me a definative answer on whether it is necessary... I'm sure women have been giving birth to healthy babies without this vitamin.
What do you all think?