Ky laws mandating erythromycin eye treatment
There is also the new pressure to collect your child’s “cord blood” stem cells, either for your family’s use or for donation to others.
After birth, the blood is flowing back into the baby as long as the cord is pulsating (a safeguard in case the baby doesn’t breathe right away– the placenta is still oxygenating their blood for them).
Prevention of Blindness from Ophthalmia Neonatorum The physician, nurse, or midwife in charge of the infant's care after delivery of a baby shall ensure that one of the following is administered in each eye of that newborn baby as soon as possible after birth: (i) two drops of a 1.0% silver nitrate solution; (ii) a 1-cm ribbon of 1.0% tetracycline ophthalmic ointment; or (iii) a 1-cm ribbon of 0.5% erythromycin ophthalmic ointment.
This treatment shall be recorded in the medical record of the infant.
While I didn’t make all of the same decisions that Christina did, I think the information she has provided is helpful to new parents learning to navigate the rough and joyous waters of caring for another’s life.
Getting to the birth of your child took a dozen medical decisions at least, some small, some large.Please note that all of these options ARE equally available for mothers delivering by cesarean (you just have to state your wishes).