Hi ladies! I am planning to have a natural birth in the hospital and I was feeling pretty confident about everything, until I went to childbirth class this weekend. The nurse mentioned how antiseptic eye ointment and the vitamin K shot are state mandated in Pennsylvania, and how it might be difficult to opt out of them. I don't have STDs and I am not convinced that vitamin K is necessary, so I was hoping to opt out of both. I had already asked my OB about this a couple months ago, and she told me it was a conversation I would have to have with the pediatrician. However, when I looked up declining state mandated procedures, I came across something that said Child Protective Services could be called if I decline these two things. Obviously I am not willing to risk that and if that is truly the case I will just take the ointment and vitamin K, but it annoys me that I don't have the final say on this as the parent. Did any of you have trouble declining these things? I was planning on putting it in my birth plan, but I want to make sure I don't have to do more than that. One site said something about signing the birth plan in front of a Notary? I'm not sure what that means. Thanks!
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