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Vit K and Placenta Injection

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redcarrot1 Fri 29-Nov-13 10:53:21

Just filling in my answers on the NHS birth plan template...I was going to say yes to both the Vitamin K injection for the baby and the placenta injection for me, but I'm just curious to know what others have agreed to or done in the past.

tweetytwat Fri 29-Nov-13 10:57:51

I chose only to have placenta injection if needed, aim for physiological third stage if safe.
yes to vit k

mika2 Fri 29-Nov-13 11:04:03

I also said yes to Vit k injection (as couldn't be bothered with faff of oral dose) but no to placenta injection unless necessary - ended up being necessary!

AddictedtoGreys Fri 29-Nov-13 11:11:42

I said yes to vitamin k injection, had a forceps delivery with spinal block so didn't need the placenta injection,

ilovepowerhoop Fri 29-Nov-13 11:12:29

had both injections with both children

Monkeyandanimal Fri 29-Nov-13 11:15:41

I had both with both; tbh couldn't care less what happened to me after baby was safe in my arms, so was happy to let them give the placenta injection. Glad let babies have vit k injection as well, esp as DS1 puked a fair bit of green stuff in the hours following his birth so wouldn't have guaranteed he'd have kept oral vit down.

curlew Fri 29-Nov-13 11:18:10

I said no to both for PFB, had both for NSB!

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Fri 29-Nov-13 11:24:21

Yes to vitk
No to placenta unless needed.

TheMarshwiggle Fri 29-Nov-13 11:28:24

I opted for oral it k - why inflict pain when there's a pain free alternative.
For placenta I said see how it goes. Needed it with dc1 but not dc2

ilovepowerhoop Fri 29-Nov-13 11:48:09

more likelihood of missing doses with oral vitamin K. You give jabs later on in life too so whats the difference in giving the first one just after birth?

mamachelle Fri 29-Nov-13 12:28:00

Yes to vit k injection for all. Im supposed to have the placenta injection but with dd3 i didnt get it because of where i had her and i honestly noticed a huge difference. I found it more difficult to get the placenta out than i did the baby. That was just my experience though. Others may have found it to be the opposite.

rachyconks Fri 29-Nov-13 12:34:58

Yes to vit k and no to placental injection. Decision based purely on me being an emetophobe and had read that sometimes the injection makes you queasy/sick. So glad I had that written in my birth plan as I was so overwhelmed I sort of forgot to say, but the midwife & DH kept everyone right. They said they would allow me 10-15 mins to pass placenta naturally and then they would have to inject me. I passed it in a couple of mins.

It worked for me as I had very little pain relief and medical intervention during labour & birth so felt like a very natural third stage

CharCharGabor Fri 29-Nov-13 12:56:58

All of mine had the vit k injection. I had the placental injection with the first but not the other two. Tbh I preferred not having it because it meant the initial period after the births was very hands off and calm. I would have had it if I needed it though.

EauRouge Fri 29-Nov-13 13:07:21

Both mine had oral vit K. I wanted to avoid the placenta injection. First time I pushed for an hour with no result so in the end asked for the injection. Second time I asked for an hour time limit and then the injection if needed, but the placenta just fell out when I stood up.

ImAlpharius Fri 29-Nov-13 13:12:01

Yes to both with all three DC, this time yes to vit K and try for phsyiological third stage, but not fussed if I need it.

TheGonnagle Fri 29-Nov-13 14:04:05

I had both. And had a retained placenta with a manual evac.
Not a lot of point for me then.

worldgonecrazy Fri 29-Nov-13 14:20:15

I did oral vitamin K - 3 doses, one just after birth, and then another two.

No choice with placenta - it had to be extracted manually as it had started to break down.

itsnotrocketscience Fri 29-Nov-13 14:41:59

I just want to mention about oral vitamin K, I have had to take it and it is honestly the foulest thing I have tasted in my life. I stopped it despite the risk of bleeding, and I'm a dr myself. I would much rather have an injection than ever take it orally again, and would never put my child through tasting it!

worldgonecrazy Fri 29-Nov-13 15:19:26

itsnotrocketscience my DD guzzled it down and really seemed to like the taste. We had no problems at all getting her to take every last drop of her dose.

itsnotrocketscience Fri 29-Nov-13 15:54:43

Ok maybe it's just me then!

TheMarshwiggle Fri 29-Nov-13 17:03:21

My dc didn't seem to mind the taste of the vit k at all

CrispyFB Sat 30-Nov-13 16:44:07

I had a precipitous delivery and the placenta injection. I later found out that this probably should not have happened as the uterus is exhausted following a precipitous delivery and often does not have the strength to expel the placenta before it clamps down. Sure enough they ended up tugging on it and looking panicked. They got it out, but 12 days later I spent three nights back in hospital on an IV thanks to an infection of the retained placenta parts they hadn't quite managed to get.

Yes to vit K.

Pobblewhohasnotoes Sat 30-Nov-13 22:56:17

Yes to vitamin K injection, DS didn't even notice.

No to placenta injection but I ended up having two lots as my placenta wouldn't come out and I haemorrhaged.

TheRaniOfYawn Sat 30-Nov-13 23:15:05

No to placenta injection.

Yes to Vitamin K but not immediately after birth unless there were complications making it more likely to be needed. I wanted a chance to deliver the placenta and let the baby attach to the breast without distractions, so weighing and vitamin k came a couple of hours later after lots of skin to skin and as good feed.

Essexgirlupnorth Sat 30-Nov-13 23:22:42

Yes to vit k and no to placenta. Ended up having the placenta one as had a natural third stage but lost a lot of blood so they gave it to me anyway

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