5 Standard Newborn Procedures You Can Refuse

4. First BathWe go to great lengths to make sure we only put the purest and safest products on our new baby once we bring them home from the hospital, but what about their first bath at the hospital? To begin with, if your hospital normally does the baby’s first bath in the nursery, you can, of course, request that it be done in the room with you. You can also request to help with the bath, instead of just leaving it up to the nurse, and you can bring in your own safe and natural baby shampoo and soap for your baby to be bathed with.Another option is to skip the first bath all together. Babies are born with a protective covering on their skin, vernix, that has been shown to be very beneficial to the baby, including immune boosting properties similar to those found in breast milk, as well as providing protection and hydration for a new baby’s delicate skin. At the very least, you may want to delay the bath 24 hours to allow the vernix to absorb into the baby’s skin. Read More5. Time in the nurseryFinally, your baby does not have to spend any time away from you in the nursery if you don’t want them to. I remember after my daughter was born and I had been awake for 24 hours that in my exhaustion I sent her with the nurse to the nursery. Then my husband and I looked at each other with such a strange feeling because we had just sent our baby away and neither of us were with her. They brought her back just over an hour later, not even enough time for me to sleep, with a bow in her hair and I wondered what else had happened to her while she was away from us. That was precious time in her first hours of life that I will never be able to get back.If there are procedures to which you have consented that need to happen while you’re at the hospital, you can request that they be done in the room with you, while your baby is with you, so that your new baby never has to leave your side in it’s first few hours and days of life. If your baby is getting a shot, or the heel prick to complete the newborn lab test, the nurse can do that while you are nursing your babe to help comfort them and ease the pain.The hours after your new baby is born are so, so precious and yet can also often be overwhelming. Things can move quickly and sometimes without your implicit knowledge. If you are planning to give birth in a hospital it’s important for you to make sure you understand the hospital’s policies for newborns so that you can make the best informed decision regarding the care of your newborn baby.I’m not saying that you should refuse these procedures, or others that are common practice at your hospital, but I just want to encourage you to do your research, talk to your doctor or midwife about the standard way they handle these procedures, and make your own decisions that are right for you and your family. If you’re expecting a baby, be sure to read my Tips for Surviving the Newborn Stage!Looking for more posts about Green and Natural Baby and Child Care?  Check out my Cloth Diapering a Newborn series: Cloth Diapering a Newborn – Where to Begin? Cloth Diapering a Newborn – Prefolds, Fitteds, and CoversCloth Diapering a Newborn – Pocket DiapersDid you avoid any standard procedures when your new baby was born? Did you meet resistance from the hospital staff or were they accommodating? And if you’d like to learn more about green and natural living, be sure to check out my new ebook Green Your Life: A Guide to Natural, Eco-Friendly Living! There is a whole section on Natural Baby and Child Care!Read more: 10 Childbirth Norms Parents Can Refuse at Simple HomemadeFind all the Green in 365 posts.__________________________________________*Disclaimer: Please remember I am not a doctor, and this post should not be taken as medical advice. Please do the research on these issues and decide for yourself what is best for you and your family.We value respectful discussion here at Live Renewed. You are welcome to leave your thoughts in the comments, as long as they are respectful and help to further the conversation. Mean-spirited, disrespectful, or rude comments that do not add value to the conversation will be removed. You don’t have to agree with me, but you do have to play nice. Thanks for treating others the way you would want to be treated!  71 CommentsFiled Under: Family & Children, Green in 365, Natural HealthTagged With: baby, family, green in 365, health and safety, healthy green pregnancySaveMy Essential Baby Gear for the Newborn Stage 6 Tips for Surviving the Newborn Stage — Part 1 6 Tips for Surviving the Newborn Stage — Part 2 At Green Your Way: 6 Home Remedies for Natural Baby CareCommentsDanielle Marie saysMarch 19, 2013 at 2:58 pmThanks for the reminder about why none of my babes have been born in a hospital. My first two were born in free standing birth centers, and my second two were born at home. I was having some complications with baby number 4, and we were worried I was going to have to deliver her at the hospital. Thankfully,

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