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Old 02-03-2012, 10:56 AM   #14
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Re: What (natural) choices/options do I have with a hospital birth?

Originally Posted by Minniebees View Post
I would do the PKU before you go, some things can be caught before milk comes in, and if your baby has one of those (rare) disorders, they should not breastfeed (depending on the disorder, the PKU tests for a gazillion things). If you decide not to do it until your milk comes in, and then things get busy, and you don't do it right away your baby could have permanent neurological damage. I would not advocate that women don't get the PKU in the hospital. If you want to get it in the hospital, and then for a more accurate result redo it after your milk comes in, I think that is a viable option. But just because it is not as accurate before the milk comes in, does not mean that the entire test is invalid.

Also, I was looking for some info about inaccurate results before milk comes in and I'm not finding reputable information. Just stuff from biased places like gentle birth and so on. I'd like some info and stats on that.

Do they do the newborn screen twice now? Dh's working so much I never see him anymore, so I can't ask him.
I don't know. This was my 1st hospital birth in 12 yrs (previous 2 were at home) and I refused it in the hospital, which I will this time as well and have it done at 1-2 wk appt.
The March of Dimes website states that some experts recommend that if the PKU is done within 24 hrs of birth that they be re-tested at 1-2 wks of age.
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