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UPCOMING EVENTS: May 12-16, 2014

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 11:23 AM Comments comments (0)
Sorry this is a day late this week - good news is that there are still lots of amazing events to choose from in the next four days!
  
New this week: check out our listing of splash pads in the East Valley, as well as a link to find other splash pads around the Phoenix, Arizona area.  They generally open in May and will remain open until September or October.  They are a great reason to get out of the house and change your space on a day that needs fresh energy ;)
 
Planning Ahead
Vaccination Education for Parents: Class #1 - MMR+ Varicella
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Educate yourself about risks, benefits, and choices when it comes to vaccinations!
This is the #1 of a four part series - this class focuses on Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Chickenpox.
Taught by Kari Hanks, this class is only $5 per couple! Contact Kari Hanks by email at [email protected] to sign up.
Nurturing Hearts Birth Services @ 7:00 pm
40 W Brown Rd Suite 108
Mesa, Arizona 85201 
 
C-Town Suitcase Club
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Travel through time and explore everyday objects.  Designed for 3-5 year olds and their caregivers.  Third Tuesday of the month.  10am, Chandler Museum. Free.  This month’s  theme: May 20  Stinkers
McCullough-Price House @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
300 S. Chandler Village Drive
Chandler, AZ 85226
480-782-2717

Bounce, Bike & Boogie
Wednesday May 21, 2014
Kids can play with an assortment of wheeled toys or venture within a bounce house while enjoying some music.
Cost: $3; $2 Chandler residents 
Tumbleweed Recreation Center @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
745 E. Germann Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286
 
Vaccination Education for Parents: Class #2 – DtaP
Thursday, May 292014
Educate yourself about risks, benefits, and choices when it comes to vaccinations!
This is the #2 of a four part series - this class focuses on Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
Taught by Kari Hanks, this class is only $5 per couple! Contact Kari Hanks by email at [email protected] to sign up.
Nurturing Hearts Birth Services @ 7:00 pm
40 W Brown Rd Suite 108
Mesa, Arizona 85201 
 
MONDAY, MAY 12, 2014
National Geographic Kids Club 
The Arrowhead Towne Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting.  Meet in the JCPenney wing now through mid-November!
May 12th Find the birds in your yard and sing "Robin in the Rain"
NEXT WEEK: May 19th Persephone tells a story about Prairie Dogs.
Arrowhead Towne Center @ 10:00 am
7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center
Glendale, AZ 85308-8612
623-979-7777

Central Phoenix ICAN Meeting - this meeting will be repeated at the East Valley meeting on Wed, May 18th
Topic: Baby Blues, PPD, PTSD and Cesarean Depression
This meeting will cover the many signs and symptoms of Postpartum Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. If you've suffered from any of these after a cesarean or vaginal birth, please come and share your experiences. We will discuss the difference between the different disorders and how to tell the difference between "baby blues" and something more serious. We will offer a place to share, support each other and will talk at length about how to get help so you can start to heal.
Kids Rising! @ 7:00 – 9:00 pm
4332 N 24th Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85016

TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2014
Tumbleweed Tots
This indoor play area is designed for children 5 years of age and under to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Cost: $3.00. Fee included in all TRC family passes.
Tumbleweed Rec Center @ 9am – 11am
745 E. Germann Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286
480-782-2900 

La Leche League – Tempe 
LLL is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. All women, especially pregnant and nursing mothers, are welcome to attend our meetings. http://www.lllofaz.org/
Desert Cross Lutheran Church @ 9:30 am
8600 S McClintock Dr. (Just north of Warner Rd)
Tempe, AZ
 
Homebirth Circle 
Come join the beautiful space and share thoughts about life, babies and love.  The circle is open to any adult and lap babies only.  Feel free to bring a healthy snack to share. 
Freedom and The Seed Office @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
714 W Marlboro Dr
Chandler, Arizona 85225
480-528-1689

Fish Feeding
Come see an 18,500 gallon freshwater aquarium that offers an up-close view of trophy-sized catfish, bass, striper and blue gill.  Feeding includes an informative presentation about the fish.  Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm and Tuesdays at 6:00 pm.  Also, every day kids can help us feed the trout in our Trout Stream at 1:30pm.
Bass Pro Shop Trout Stream @ 1:30 pm
Bass Pro Shop Aquarium @ 6:00 pm
1133 N Dobson Rd
Mesa 85201
602-606-5600

Prenatal Yoga + Fitness
This prenatal yoga + fitness class will have all the elements of a traditional vinyasa (flow) yoga, designed for your prenatal needs, with added options for any mommas seeking a little extra fitness to compliment and enhance pregnancy, as well as help you to prepare for you upcoming birth journey.  Any stage of pregnancy is welcome (including postpartum), as is any fitness level.  Classes are $10 drop in or $30 for 4 classes. 
Emerge Acupuncture & Community Center @ 5:30 – 6:30 pm
123 E. Baseline Road, Suite D102
Tempe, Arizona 85283
480-466-2004

WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 2014
Inn Families
Moms, Dads, and Babies are all welcome for Inn Families at The Nest at Babymoon Inn. Meet with other parents or families and chat about parenting or any other topics of interest while the babies play.
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 9:30 – 11:00 pm 
220 E Lexington Ave 
Phoenix AZ 85012  
602-314-7755  

National Geographic Kids Club 

The Chandler Fashion Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting.  Meet in the Gap wing near the Food Court now through mid-November!
This week’s theme: In your backyard you may have ducks that go quack with yellow bills and pretty feathers on their back. 
Chandler Fashion Center @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
3111 W Chandler Blvd
Chandler, AZ 85226
(480) 812-8488

Music Time
Enjoy singing, simple instruments and movements with your child.  For children ages 5 and under and their caregiver.
Bookmans Mesa @ 10:00 – 10:30 am
1056 S. Country Club Dr.
Mesa, AZ 85210
480-835-0505

Blossoming Moms Breastfeeding and Postpartum Support
Pregnant moms are welcome too!  
Facilitator: Michelle Hottya, IBCLC 818-606-5687
Blossom Birth and Wellness Center @ 11:00 am
2928 N 16th Place
Phoenix, AZ 85016 

Dignity Healthcare Breastfeeding Support Group
With the exception of major holidays… For more information, please call the ResourceLink toll-free 1 (877) 728-5414, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5:30 pm
Chandler Regional Medical Center @ 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
1955 W Frye Rd
Chandler, AZ 85224

Pregnancy And Postpartum Depression Support Group
Free support group to help moms support each other through the adjustments of pregnancy and postpartum anxiety/depression.  Partners, Babies & Toddlers are Welcome.  No Registration Necessary.    Free parking available off of Frye Road. Meeting held in the Morrison Building (blue roofed building just east of Chandler Regional) – follow signs.  For Questions Call:  Resource Link 480.728.5414 or
480.728.5617 (Recorded line with more information)
Group Contact:  Missy Beauchamp  480-728-5620
Chandler Regional Medical Center @ 1:00 – 2:30 pm
1955 West Frye Road
Chandler, AZ 85224

Inn Mommies: Cuddlers Group (birth-around 7 mo)
Please join us Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.! This is a group for expecting and new mommies with babies that are not yet crawling and is open to women giving birth at home, at Babymoon Inn, or in a hospital. This is a wonderful group where you can come and meet other new moms and their babies. We usually have a topic each week and also time to get to know each other. Open to the community, for all mommies and their babies (expectant mommies too). Bring your lunch if you like, the Babymoon Inn coffee and tea bar will be open :-). Hope to see you there! Please no older siblings in the Cuddlers group.
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 1:00 pm 
220 E Lexington Ave 
Phoenix AZ 85012  
602-314-7755  

Phoenix Art Museum
It’s never to early to start art appreciation with your Sweet Peas.  You can enjoy PhxArtKids, an interactive space for children, along with galleries of art showcasing American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design.  The Phoenix Art Museum offers free admission every Wednesday afternoon and on First Fridays.
Phoenix Art Museum @ 3:00 – 9:00 pm
1625 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-256-7539

Wildflower Kids
Every Wednesday, Wildflower kids enjoy a complimentary cookie, milk & activity.  Program offered at all locations.  Find your nearest store HERE 
Wildflower Bread Company @ 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Chandler Fashion Center
3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 1100
Chandler, AZ, 85226
480-821-8200

Phoenix Public Market
“our Open-Air Market is a natural gathering place that celebrates neighborhoods and the neighbors. It offers an eclectic high-quality mix of: Fresh in-season fruits and vegetables, produce, flowers, jams, baked goods, dried beans, free-range eggs and honey, live plants and unique local arts and crafts, tasty hot foods, music, and more.
Open Air Market @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
721 N Central
Phoenix, AZ

Prenatal Yoga  
Prenatal yoga is an excellent exercise and helps prepare your body and your mind for labor and birth. Each class is an hour long and incorporates a birthing theme, birthing affirmation, breathing techniques and guided relaxation. Prenatal classes are open to pregnant women in their 2nd and 3rd trimesters. It is recommended that women take it easy the first 12 weeks of their pregnancy and allow their body that time to become accustomed to the changes of pregnancy. Beginners are welcome, no previous yoga experience is required. If you practiced yoga before becoming pregnant, variations and different levels are offered. Classes will educate, empower and encourage you through heart opening poses with philosophy and techniques of a healthy, calm and joyful yoga practice preparing you for a beautiful and peaceful birth experience. Classes are $10 each.
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 6:00 pm 
220 E Lexington Ave 
Phoenix AZ 85012  
602-314-7755 

THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2014
Tumbleweed Tots
This indoor play area is designed for children 5 years of age and under to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Fee included in all TRC family passes.
Tumbleweed Rec Center @ 9am – 11am
745 E. Germann Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286
480-782-2900 
 
National Geographic Kids Club 
The Superstition Springs Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting. We've teamed up with National Geographic Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play.  Hosted by Persephone with Dewper the Prairie Dog every Thursday in the JCPenney Court. This week's theme:
Birds come in all kinds of colors and sing many different songs. Some tails are short, some are very long.
Superstition Springs @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
6555 E Southern Ave
Mesa, AZ 85206
480-832-0212

Chandler Farmer’s Market
This Farmers Market hosts a variety of vendors including produce, baked goods, salsa, jams and honey, olive oil, seafood, granola, beauty products, and much more!  The Craft Market will be held once a month on the first Thursday of each month.  Come find hand made and hand crafted items from local artisans.
Dr. AJ Chandler Park @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
3 South Arizona Avenue
Chandler, AZ
480-855-3539

FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2014
Mesa Community Farmers Market
May include depending on season: fresh produce, baked goods, jams & jellies, salsas, spices, natural pork, beef and fish, hand-made craft products, lotions and soaps. Free admission, free parking. Accepts AZ Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers. Located near downtown Mesa and cafes, coffee shops, museums, and antique stores.
Rendezvous Green @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
263 N. Center St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 
602-290-5067

Dignity Healthcare Breastfeeding Support Group
With the exception of major holidays… For more information, please call the ResourceLink toll-free 1 (877) 728-5414, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5:30 pm
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center @ 10:00 am to 11:30 am
3555 S Val Vista Dr.
Gilbert, AZ 85297

Groovy Kids Music
Groovy Kids Music is for babies and kids of all ages. Class participants can expect music and movement, singing, rhythm, instruments, and fun!! This class is for children of all ages. The cost is $10 for one child, and $5 for each sibling. RSVP if possible, but drop-ins are welcome! As always, the Babymoon Inn snack and drink bar will be open. We hope to see you there!
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 10:00 am & 11:00 am – two sessions!
220 E Lexington Ave 
Phoenix AZ 85012  
602-314-7755 

Storytime at Barnes & Noble
Charlie and the New Baby, by Ree Drummond, Diane deGroat (Illustrator)
Charlie the Ranch Dog receives plenty of loving care and attention. When the new baby comes along and seems to take his attention, he must learn that love only grows.
Barnes & Noble @ 10:30 am
3111 W. Chandler Blvd #2054
Chandler, AZ 85226
480-792-1312

Fun Fridays
Children 1 to 4 and their caregivers can enjoy themed events, including hand motion songs, sing-alongs, dancing, stories and games. Activities are designed to enhance musical, social, physical and memory skills. Caregivers must remain in the store.
Microsoft Store @ 10:30 am to 11:15 am
Scottsdale Fashion Square
7014 E. Camelback Road, Suite 1288
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-308-0800 

Food Truck Friday
Phoenix Public Market @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
721 N Central
Phoenix, AZ

Enchanted Island Family Night
There’s never a charge to enter Enchanted Island. You simply pay for the rides you want to ride on, the games you want to play, and the food you want to eat.  Friday nights, enjoy special pricing for unlimited rides: $6.50 for Children or Adults Wristbands 
Enchanted Island Amusement Park @ 5:00 – 9:30 pm
1202 W. Encanto Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
602-254-1200

Free Outdoor Concert – Tempe
Bring the family out to enjoy great live music performed by a variety of musicians.  Choose from two stages of entertainment.  For more information click HERE
Tempe Marketplace @ 7:00 pm
2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy
Tempe 85281
480-966-9338

Free Outdoor Concert – N. Phoenix/Scottsdale
Bring the family out to enjoy great live music performed by a variety of musicians.  Choose from two stages of entertainment.  For more information click HERE 
Desert Ridge Marketplace @ 7:00 – 9:00 pm
21001 N Tatum Blvd
Phoenix 85050
480-513-7586

SPLASH PADS
Click HERE for a more complete listing around the Phoenix area 

AHWATUKEE
Mountain Vista Park: spray pad, splash pad area open daily, approx. through October 1 from 5:30 am – 11:00 pm
13647 S. 50th Street (48th Street and Knox Road)
Phoenix, AZ  85044
(602) 262-6111 (South Division)

CHANDLER
You can find water play areas at these three parks.  Hours are from May 1 – August 31; 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Call (480) 782-2752 for details.

Chuparosa Park Spray Pad (Dobson Rd., between Queen Creek & Germann roads)
Amenities:  1 ground spray, 4 spray rings, and 1 candy cane-shaped shower.
2400 S. Dobson Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286

Desert Breeze Park Spray Animals (between Rural Rd. & McClintock Dr.), 
Amenities:  3 Dolphins, 1 elephant, and 3 ground sprays
660 N. Desert Breeze Blvd.
Chandler, AZ 85226

Espee Park Spray Pad (between Arizona Ave. & McQueen Road)
Amenities:  1 water tower, 3 candy cane-shaped showers, spray rings, ground sprays
450 E. Knox
Chandler, AZ 85225

GILBERT
Splash Pad at San Tan Village
The Splash Pad, located in the Children's Play Area, is now open.
Through October 26 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm daily
2218 E. Williams Field Rd.
Suite 235
Gilbert, AZ 85295
(480) 282-9500

SCOTTSDALE
Agua Linda Park, 8732 E. McDonald (Pima Road and McDonald)

Chesnut Park @ 8:00am to 5:00pm. 
4565 N. Granite Reef
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
General: (480) 312-2771
 
Scottsdale has "spray poles" on the playgrounds at McCormick Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road (Scottsdale Road, north of Lincoln)
 
Paiute Park @ Sunrise - 10:30pm
3210 N. 66th Street (South of Osborn Road)
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
480-312-PARK (7275)
 
Pima Park 
8600 E. Thomas Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 312-PARK (7275)
 
Vista del Camino Park @ Sunrise – 10:30 pm
(
Indian Bend Wash complex)
7700 E. Roosevelt St
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
(480) 312-2330

TEMPE
Spray pads are conveniently located in the following parks.  Hours: 9:00am-7:00pm (Daily, Monday-Sunday)
Jaycee Park (located near the Westside Community Center)
817 West 5th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 350-5200

Esquer Park (just east of the Loop 101 and north of Apache Blvd.)
2407 E McArthur Dr
Tempe, AZ 85281 

Hudson Park (south of Apache Blvd on Cedar Street between Rural & McClintock)
1430 S. Cedar St.
Tempe AZ

LIBRARIES:
Chandler, AZ http://www.chandlerlibrary.org/
Glendale, AZ http://www.glendaleaz.com/Library/index.cfm
Mesa, AZ http://www.mesalibrary.org/
Payson, AZ http://www.paysonlibrary.com/
Phoenix, AZ http://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/default.jsp
Peoria, AZ http://library.peoriaaz.gov/polaris/default.aspx
Scottsdale, AZ  http://library.scottsdaleaz.gov/
Tempe, AZ  http://www.tempe.gov/index.aspx?page=1588

Monterey, CA http://www.monterey.org/library/Home.aspx

To submit your event:
Please follow this format (same as above).  Anything that is not "copy-paste" ready may not be posted - it will depend on how much time I have between homeschooling and loving on four littles.
Event Name
Description & Cost
Location Name & Time
Address
Contact Phone Number
Send your event information to [email protected]

Disclaimer: 
The material included on this site is for informational purposes only.
It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.



Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson

Info Sheet: Newborn Vitamin K Shot/Oral Dose

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 3:39 PM Comments comments (0)
Here is another installment in our Information Sheet series.  These info sheets are designed to give you information as a starting point for your own research to decide what is the best choice regarding this option for your family.  We are not medical experts or care providers.  We are informed consumers who want to help other families make informed consumer decisions when they say "YES" or "NO"
 
Definition: Newborn Vitamin K Shot/Oral Dose
A single injection containing .5 to 1 milligram of vitamin K is given in one of your baby’s thighs.
An oral form of Vitamin K was finally developed in the late 1990s and is now available for parents who prefer to give Vitamin K to their baby orally.
 
In 2003 the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that vitamin K1 should be given to all neonates as a single, intramuscular dose of 0.5 to 1 mg29, and this recommendation was recently reaffirmed in 2009.
 
History
Why was it developed?
Research in 1937 found that prothrombin times (PT, the time required for blood to clot) in normal neonates were between 30-60% adult levels, falling to 15-30% on day two, and then gradually rising again until about day 10.  This research led to the continuing belief that these low levels in the newborn are a deficiency and need to be corrected.  
 
In 1939, vitamin K was isolated from alfalfa by Dam, for which he later received the Nobel Prize, along with Edward Doisy, who isolated vitamin K. Further research in 1939 by Waddell and Guerry found that low plasma prothrombin levels could be elevated by the administration of oral vitamin K.  
 
What was it supposed to treat?
"Armed with this 'proof' that vitamin K deficiency caused HDN (Haemorrhagic Disease of the Newborn) now known as VKDB (Vitamin K deficiency-related bleeding), vitamin K was synthesized and various trials were commenced to ascertain which was the most effective amount and route to use in prophylaxis.

It is difficult for us to assess these trials nowadays as they were mostly neither double blind nor well controlled.  The dosage of vitamin K given, the route of administration and the time of administration all varied.  In many cases, the conclusions did not seem to match the results.  
 
Occurrence of vitamin K deficiency bleeding (VKDB) in the first week of the infant's life is estimated at 0.25 to 1.7%, with a prevalence of two to 10 cases per 100,000 births."
 
"Some of the studies assessed the effect on neonatal vitamin K levels if the mother was given vitamin K during labour. Results varied, with the effectiveness of the vitamin K given depending on how soon the woman gave birth and the dosage given.  More recent studies have shown increases in cord blood levels where mothers were supplemented antenatally with vitamin K. Two showed a significant difference between the supplemented and unsupplemented groups and found that the effect of prenatal vitamin K persisted until the fifth day after birth.  
 
Because of the variations in results from these early studies, further research focused on treating the baby after birth.  One particular study done in 1942was intended to determine the minimal effective oral dose of Synkavite (K), a water-soluble synthetic form of vitamin K.  The results showed that very small daily doses were effective and that a dose of 5mg daily would probably prevent the development of HDN, except in early onset cases.  The study also found that 1.25mg was effective in lowering an excessively high prothrombin time to normal.  However, the author admitted that several workers found prothrombin deficiencies in babies with no abnormal bleeding.  
 
By 1950, most maternity units had a policy of giving infants oral vitamin K (usually Synkavite) immediately after birth. This prevented the fall in prothrombin levels that occurred in the first few days and, presumably, the risk of excessive bleeding.  This risk was higher in male babies because of routine circumcision, and, indeed, vitamin K proved to be of great clinical value in preventing post-circumcision bleeding. "
 
"According to the age of onset, early VKDB presents within 24 hours of birth and is almost exclusively seen in infants of mothers taking drugs [that] inhibit vitamin K. These drugs include anticonvulsants (carbamazepine, phenytoin and barbiturates), antituberculosis drugs (isoniazid, rifampicin), some antibiotics (cephalosporins) and vitamin K antagonists (coumarin, warfarin). The clinical presentation is often severe with cephalic haematoma and intracranial and intra-abdominal haemorrhages16. The incidence of early VKDB in neonates of mothers taking these drugs without vitamin K supplementation varies from 6% to 12%17,18.

Classical VKDB occurs between 24 hours and 7 days of life and is associated with delayed or insufficient feeding. The clinical presentation is often mild, with bruises, gastrointestinal blood loss or bleeding from the umbilicus and puncture sites. Blood loss can, however, be significant, and intracranial haemorrhage, although rare, has been described15. Estimates of the frequency vary from 0.25% to 1.5% in older reviews19 and 0–0.44% in more recent reviews20."
 
Has it been effective: as in, has the incidence decreased because of the intervention/procedure/test?
“Recent studies, using a standardized definition, seem to show that the condition is not now very common, even in communities where prophylaxis is not yet available. It is certainly not nearly as common as some authoritative reports claim. Two studies in Japan before the introduction of routine prophylaxis had suggested that one in every 6000 breastfed babies might sustain a late bleed when more than two weeks old. The true risk of bleeding in the first week of life (the “classic” presentation) remains less clearly defined.”
 
Source: E Hey. “Vitamin K – what, why and when.” Archives of Disease in Childhood Fetal and Neonatal Edition 2003; 88:F80.
 
 
Pros

  • VKDB is a rare but very serious disease. It affects about 1 in 10,000 babies if they are not given vitamin K at birth.  More than half of all babies who bleed have a hemorrhage into their brain (intracranial bleeding). This is likely to cause brain damage, and often the baby will die. [1]
  • Some babies appear to be at increased risk of VKDB and doctors believe these include [2]:
    • Babies born before 37 weeks of pregnancy.
    • Babies whose birth involved the use of forceps, [vacuum] or caesarean, where bruising might occur.
    • Babies who had trouble breathing and did not get enough oxygen when they were born.
    • Babies whose mothers are taking anticonvulsants, anti-coagulants, or drugs to treat tuberculosis.


 

Cons

  • The amount of vitamin K injected into newborns is 20,000 times the needed doseiv . Additionally, the injection may also contain preservatives that can be toxic for your baby’s delicate, young immune system. [1]
  • An injection creates an additional opportunity for infection in an environment that contains some of the most dangerous germs, at a time when your baby’s immune system is still immature. [1]
  • Hemolysis, jaundice, and hyperbilirubinemia in neonates, particularly those that are premature, may be related to the dose of Vitamin K1 Injection [2]
  • Injection contains preservatives and other ingredients.
  • Each milliliter contains phytonadione 2 or 10 mg, polyoxyethylated fatty acid derivative 70 mg, dextrose, hydrous 37.5 mg in water for injection; benzyl alcohol 9 mg added as preservative. May contain hydrochloric acid for pH adjustment. pH is 6.3 (5.0 to 7.0). Phytonadione is oxygen sensitive. [3]



Injection also includes following:
WARNING — INTRAVENOUS AND INTRAMUSCULAR USE
Severe reactions, including fatalities, have occurred during and immediately after INTRAVENOUS injection of phytonadione, even when precautions have been taken to dilute the phytonadione and to avoid rapid infusion. Severe reactions, including fatalities, have also been reported following INTRAMUSCULAR administration. Typically these severe reactions have resembled hypersensitivity or anaphylaxis, including shock and cardiac and/or respiratory arrest. Some patients have exhibited these severe reactions on receiving phytonadione for the first time. Therefore the INTRAVENOUS and INTRAMUSCULAR routes should be restricted to those situations where the subcutaneous route is not feasible and the serious risk involved is considered justified.
 
Additional Information



Please make sure to check out the other topics in the Info Sheet series as you educate yourself and prepare to write your birth, postpartum and newborn plan for your family.

What are your thoughts on the Vitamin K shot?
Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
Disclaimer: 
The material included on this site is for informational purposes only.
It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.

Birth News From Around the Web

Posted on September 26, 2013 at 11:32 AM Comments comments (0)
I just started "tweeting" a few months ago.  In order to have a relevant feed, I try to spend at least 3-4 mornings a week combing through the immense amount of information on the world wide web to educate myself on the latest birth- and breastfeeding-related information, and then sharing that information with our followers on Twitter.

I had the a-ha moment yesterday...blog readers may not be following us on Twitter!  So here is a compilation of some of the top stories I shared last week.  

So here is our In The News feature: news stories, research and studies that have been published in the last week.



On avoiding harmful substances during pregnancy:

More Fetal Risks Linked to Epilepsy Drugs
“A population-based registry study in Denmark indicated significantly increased risks of low birth weight, preterm birth, and smaller-than-normal head circumference in infants born to mothers taking AEDs during pregnancy…”

Read more about the findings here: http://bit.ly/1fpoD3o
(Note: This study was published as an abstract and presented at a conference. These data and conclusions should be considered to be preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.)

Hypoglycemia can be a dangerous newborn complication that could lead to permanent brain damage.  A new study shows that an inexpensive dextrose gel can keep MotherBabys together while treating for the condition:

Dextrose gel allows newborns to stay with mothers at a crucial time, without expensive NICU care 

Read more about the “Sugar Babies” study at http://bit.ly/1eGPx5m

Once again, we are reminded that it is our responsibility as parents to be informed consumers, as well as advocates for our children:

Report from the National Post: Many doctors performing circumcisions are poorly trained for procedure

Read the report at http://bit.ly/1eGLwhf

Interview with breastfeeding researcher Dr. Amy Brown - looking at teh factors that influence breastfeeding choices

Breastfeeding and personality: an interview with Dr. Amy Brown
“I'm interested in the factors that are associated with breastfeeding duration, not so much what encourages mums to breastfeed in the first place but how we can support those mums who want to breastfeed to breast feed for longer.”

Read the whole interview with Dr. Brown at http://bit.ly/1eGUWtb

On the list of why it’s important to get help early and often with breastfeeding concerns:

Breastfeeding concerns common among new mothers
"If we are able to provide mothers with adequate support, 95 percent of all breastfeeding problems are reversible.”

For more about breastfeeding support click on http://fxn.ws/1eGWpzK

On the correlation between bedsharing and breastfeeding...A big disclaimer on this one: educate yourself and practice safe infant bedsharing or explore ideas to keep baby in close proximity so you can maximize breastfeeding opportunities:

Mother-Infant Bedsharing Promotes Breastfeeding --Doctors Lounge
“Duration of breastfeeding is longer for mothers who frequently lie down and sleep with their infants for major sleep periods, according to research published online Sept. 23 in JAMA Pediatrics.”

Read the whole article here http://bit.ly/18rZSMf

This was from August – wanted to make sure you knew about it.  It’s important to note that the sample size is very small, however, just like the Harvard study, it demonstrates that more research needs to be done into how due dates are calculated:

Pregnancy length 'varies naturally by up to five weeks'
An expert said the findings, in the journal Human Reproduction, challenged whether a "due date" for women was helpful.

Due dates can be calculated from working out 280 days after the start of the woman's last menstrual period, or more accurately by ultrasound.

Yet only 4% of women deliver when predicted and only 70% within 10 days of their estimated due date.

Read the whole article at http://bbc.in/18s5FBs

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