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Injections after birth - what did YOU do?

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cheshiremama89 Wed 10-Jan-18 09:24:52

Vitamin K for baby, very recommended by midwife at birth class but discredited in hypnobirthing book.

Same with the injection to encourage a quick delivery of the placenta after birth...

Also with the above injection, can anyone recall it being bigger than usual? Watched a recommended positive birth story yesterday and the injection was a whopper!

Kind of feel pressured to have both, but would love to know what everyone else did/thinks brew xx

Bochdew Wed 10-Jan-18 09:26:20

We had both. I have no recollection of the size of the injection if im honest, I was cuddling the baby at the time so focused on that.

wineandcheeseplease Wed 10-Jan-18 09:26:29

Baby had vit K and I had the one for the placenta. After pushing a baby out I wasnt fussed by an injection. Cant even remember it

Prusik Wed 10-Jan-18 09:27:41

I really didn't want the injection for the placenta but waited an hour and nothing happened so opted for the jab. It was actually a lot less worse than I thought it would be. In fact, it was absolutely fine. The chord had turned freezing cold and was making me chilly and I was just keen to finish up by that point tbf.

Can't comment on the vitamin k. I just opted for the jab for Ds without second thought

Rainshowers Wed 10-Jan-18 09:27:59

Same her, I have no recollection of the needle size for the placenta injection.

I do remember being given an anti-emetic during labour as I kept being sick. And was aware of that because the midwife decide to jab me halfway through a contraction and I remember being really angry that she was adding to my pain!

Elisheva Wed 10-Jan-18 09:29:28

Are you intending to give vitamin k orally instead?

Efferlunt Wed 10-Jan-18 09:30:13

You won’t notice the injection! I’ve had to have it each time to reduce my risk of bleeding. If I wasn’t at risk I might have skipped it, I think it’s personal preference if you are not known to be at risk.

JeansAndANiceTop Wed 10-Jan-18 09:30:45

Baby had vit k injection. Because, for me, the risks outweigh the benefit.
Didn’t have the placenta jab as that was the surgeons responsibility during my section.

Thishatisnotmine Wed 10-Jan-18 09:31:34

Vitamin k - yes. It's quick and simple.
Placenta delivery - entirely up to you. If the mw thinks there is a problem they will advise you to have it. After my first birth the placenta was retained so I had the injection with dd2. After labour, you don't really notice an injection! Few more contractions and the placenta was quickly delivered. The mw did not cut the cord for a while either which I was happy about.

duriandurian Wed 10-Jan-18 09:31:47

We gave oral vitamin K to both. First time I avoided injection for placenta. Second time placenta wouldn't come out (v v short labour and midwife said body had gone into a sort of shock). Had injection placenta eventually came out, so avoided going on B hospital (was in nice separate MLU).

Thehairthebod Wed 10-Jan-18 09:32:00

discredited in hypnobirthing book.

What did it say in the book?

Almondsupreme Wed 10-Jan-18 09:32:13

We gave baby vitamin k orally. And I asked for time to deliver the placenta naturally. It came out in ten or twenty minutes

bringmesunshine7 Wed 10-Jan-18 09:32:16

We had both too just recently.

Injection was fine, don't recall it being any bigger than normal.

Thishatisnotmine Wed 10-Jan-18 09:33:24

Yes to what a pp mentioned about the cold cord. After all the pain of labour I was really annoyed that the cord dangling out of me was cold and uncomfortable!

ShanghaiDiva Wed 10-Jan-18 09:33:59

Both mine had the vitamin K injection. I am very much pro vaccination - live in a developing country - and my 2 have had every jab going.
No injection for me as had two sections.

woollyjumperseason Wed 10-Jan-18 09:35:12

You can get vit k in liquid given in syringe for baby which we did as didn't want to give an injection. if bottle feeding you get 2 amounts 1 at birth 1 at 1 week after. If Breastfeeding the extra one a month after birth.

The placenta injection i didn't want but due to long pushing stage and loosing blood with episotomy?!sp they said it was best to have injection with 1st DD I didn't notice it at all that time.

Second DD didnt have the Injection and was fine as well.

Hippydippydoo Wed 10-Jan-18 09:36:28

I didn't want the placenta injection, as I wanted to leave the cord attached as long as possible and birth placenta naturally. Unfortunately DD wasn't breathing when born and cord had to be cut immediately so she could go into resusitation. I had the injection as at that point I didn't give a damn about myself and just wanted to be with her. Luckily she came round before she left the room, thank God!

We decided against vitamin k, however I spent the first few weeks a bit worried I hadn't given her it and it did cause me some stress. I'm due my next baby in a few months and think we will opt for vitamin k this time, although probably oral.

FlippingFoal Wed 10-Jan-18 09:39:09

You do know that the vitamin k injection is to stop babies bleeding from the umbilicus? Google vitamin k dependent clothing factors

lettuceWrap Wed 10-Jan-18 09:39:33

Vitamin K for newborns recommended by your health care professionals“Discredited” by your book on hypnobirthing hmm

Do you mean you’d prefer your baby to have oral vitamin K rather than the injection? That’s available too, although I think it’s less effective in preventing problems.
If you are worried about the pain aspect of injection for a newborn, all my DC’s had the vit K injection and I don’t think they even noticed (certainly less painful than the heal-prick test, which isn’t particularly pleasant but is very important to do).

PurpleTraitor Wed 10-Jan-18 09:44:44

Vit K yes.

Injection for placenta was given o me without consent with my first baby. I was very annoyed about that. With my second I wanted a natural third stage and for the cord to be intact for as long as seemed reasonable at the time and I thought the injection would hurry the process. In the event, the placenta came after about 20 minutes, and baby was still attached to it for a further 10 or so after it was out. That seemed a sensible way of doing things to me.

Rikalaily Wed 10-Jan-18 09:46:36

Last birth baby had Vit K as she had to have her severe tongue tie snipped at 24 hours old, couldn't be done so soon without the injection and it had to be done or I couldn't have breastfed her. I didn't have the injection for the placenta. Four previous births baby and me had the injections.

sinceyouask Wed 10-Jan-18 09:49:57

I had the injection to speed up the delivery of the placenta with ds1, born in hospital. With ds2 and ds3 I had a natural third stage (both home births). The midwives at ds2's birth were fantastic and had remembered that I didn't want an injection so didn't even ask, at ds3's birth despite me making it very clear beforehand that I would be having a natural third stage, a few minutes after the birth one of them said "I'm just going to give you an injection to get the placenta out" and was very surprised when I replied "no you aren't". Apparently she'd never seen a natural third stage before, which I found odd coming from a community midwife tbh!

happymummy12345 Wed 10-Jan-18 09:51:14

My baby had vitamin k. I didn't even think about not giving it.
And I had the injection to help with the delivery of the placenta. After four days in early labour/ having contractions, I needed it all over.

cheshiremama89 Wed 10-Jan-18 09:51:26

I think I will take the vitamin K but hang fire with the placenta and see what happens? confused

cheshiremama89 Wed 10-Jan-18 09:53:11


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