The Question of Vitamin K for Newborns

The Question of Vitamin K for Newborns
baby receiving Vitamin K injectionStory Highlights
  • Babies are born with low levels of vitamin K, which is critical for cell growth regulation and blood clotting.
  • Low vitamin K levels can lead to uncontrolled bleeding in some newborns and babies up to a few months of age.
  • Most health professionals agree that supplemental vitamin K at birth is sound practice, but there is disagreement over the supplementation, with some arguing that oral drops may be safe and more effective than injection of synthetic vitamin K.

Essentially all human infants are born with very low blood levels of vitamin K and, since low amounts of vitamin K crosses into breast milk, levels remain low for several weeks after birth in breastfed babies. The purpose of this natural, universal experience of low vitamin K levels in newborns is not known. Has Mother Nature really made a mistake? Or is there a perfectly good reason for it that we just haven’t figured out yet?

Mouse and epidemiologic studies indicate that the neonatal “deficiency” of vitamin K, which promotes cell turnover, may actually protect the developing fetus from damaging substances that “escape the primary placental screen.”1 Those researchers proposed that this protective effect would be particularly important considering the rapid cell turnover in the developing fetus. In a later study, those same scientists suggested that the tightly controlled production of vitamin K and other growth regulators in embryos and newborns may be critical for normal embryogenesis.2

Those studies were conducted 20 years ago and little scientific research has been reported since. Instead, the medical community continues to focus on the dangers of low vitamin K in newborns and the importance of addressing it. And they are right; the effects of vitamin K deficiency can be devastating.  That is because, in addition to cell growth regulation and other functions, vitamin K plays a vital role in the body’s blood clotting ability. Their low levels of vitamin K can put babies at risk for uncontrolled bleeding.

Causes of Low Vitamin K in Infants

Several factors contribute to the low levels of vitamin K in newborns: First, the maternal supply of the vitamin doesn’t cross the placental wall easily. Second, the immature liver of the newborn (particularly in premature infants) not only can’t store much vitamin K but also doesn’t use it well.

Finally, it takes the infant weeks or months to begin colonizing the gut with the bacteria that produce vitamin K.3 It has also been hypothesized that, while most vitamins and nutrients protect the fetus more than the mother in the presence of deficiency, low levels of vitamin K in the newborn infant may protect the mother against excessive bleeding during the birth process.4

Why Low Levels of Vitamin K Matter

Vitamin K deficiency bleeding (VKDB), also referred to as hemorrhagic disease of the newborn (HDN), is categorized by time of occurrence: Early onset (within 24 hours of birth), classic onset (within 24 hours to 7 days after birth), and late onset (2 weeks to 2 months or more). Most babies do not experience blood clotting problems despite their naturally low levels of vitamin K. Early and classic-onset VKDB is seen in between 1 in 60 and 1 in 250 newborns and generally presents as easy bruising or external bleeding, sometimes from the umbilical cord or circumcision site.

Early-onset HDN disease can be severe and is usually linked to the use of anti-seizure or blood-thinning medications by the mother during pregnancy. Late-onset bleeding is rare, occurring in between 1 in 14,000 to 1 in 25,000 infants. Despite its rarity, late-onset VKDB is important to be aware of and diagnose as soon as possible. There are rarely any “warning bleeds.” Between 30 and 60 percent of affected babies have bleeding within the brain that can lead to serious brain injury or death.5

Vitamin K Shot Given Routinely at Birth

Erring on the side of the “Mother Nature made a mistake” side, babies are generally given a shot of vitamin K within minutes of birth, though parents are able to opt out as long as they know it is a routine procedure and make their wishes known before the shot is given. That takes some vigilance because a vitamin K shot at birth has been considered the standard of care since 19616 and parents may not even hear about it before it has been administered.

Vitamin K Supplementation Options

Although most medical professionals agree that raising vitamin K levels for newborns and babies up to several months of age is a good idea, there is some difference of opinion on the methods for doing so.

The vitamin K injection is not a vaccine. However it has been the subject of some controversy because, like vaccines, it injects the infant with foreign substances and chemicals that challenge the infant’s immature system. The vitamin K shot uses a synthetic form of the vitamin and the dosage given is much higher than the recommended daily dosage for adults, reportedly because the shot is given intramuscularly and so is metabolized slowly over time, theoretically giving  the infant more time to naturally produce vitamin K.7

The manufactured product also includes 9 milligrams (mgs) of benzyl alcohol, which targets the immature liver and may lead to jaundice or, rarely to shock, cardiac or respiratory distress, and seizures.8 9 Finally, in the early 1990s two studies out of the U.K. suggested that there might be a link between the synthetic vitamin K shot and childhood cancers such as leukemia.10 Although health officials report that no further investigations showed a link between vitamin K shots and childhood cancers,11 parents continue to be concerned.

Oral vitamin K is not available as an option in the U.S. but is widely used in other countries including Europe and the U.K. The oral route tends to be slightly less effective than the intramuscular route, most likely because the oral dosage has to be given in three separate doses over the first month of life, and some doses may be forgotten.10

There also is some indication that increasing the mother’s intake of vitamin K may supplement the breast-fed baby’s low vitamin K levels, but more research is needed to confirm that.7


1 Israels LG, Israels ED. Observations on vitamin K deficiency in the fetus and newborn: has nature made a mistake? Semin Thromb Hemost 1995.
Israels LG, Israels ED, Saxena SP. The Riddle of Vitamin K1 Deficit in the Newborn. Semin Perinatol February 1997.
CDC. Facts about Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding. Mar. 31, 2014.
Lane M. Vitamin K in Breast Milk – Can it replace “the shot”? Nurse & Nourish Dec. 23, 2015.
5 MedLine Plus. Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding of the Newborn. U.S. National Library of Medicine Nov. 3, 2015.
Committee on the Fetus and the Newborn. Controversies Concerning Vitamin K and the Newborn. Pediatrics July 2003.
Lane M. Vitamin K in Breast Milk – Can it replace “the shot”? Nurse & Nourish Dec. 23, 2015.
Piper-Terry M. How Toxic Are Vitamin K and Hepatitis B Injections? The Vaccine Reaction Mar. 29, 2016.
9 Product insert. Vitamin K Injection: Phytonadione Injectable Emulsion, USP. Hospira 2004.
Vitamin K: Injection or Oral Dose for Newborns? 2015.
CDC. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s): Vitamin K and the Vitamin K Shot Given at Birth. Mar. 31, 2014.

47 Responses to "The Question of Vitamin K for Newborns"

  1. Walter Kyle   August 11, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Billions of years of evolution with no Vitamin-K assured me the pediatrician had little knowledge of why it was actually needed. He did admit an increase in newborn jaundice with Vitamin K injection…so we declined…as well as Hep-B. Vitamin K production by the body triggers with the passing of meconium…we are either designed or evolved that way long before pediatricians…

    Have you ever noticed how no one complains of disease after passing up on vaccines?

    • Christel   August 12, 2016 at 8:55 am

      Actually Kylr if u worked in a pediatrician office you would see a lot of children get certain diseases when they opt out of vaccines. The diseases they don’t get are simply because all other children are vaccinated. But pertussis or whooping cough is epidemic in WA state every year and chicken pox are just two examples. Because of modern medicine and hospitals children rarely die when they contract these diseases. Prior to vaccines something like 1in 8 children never made it to age 5. Even if vaccines caused every bad thing they are accused of they are still worth it to me. And vitamin K is not a vaccine. Either infants have bleeding that would kill them or they don’t. Vitamin K is given as a preventative just in case. If your infant is not the 1 in 60 up to 1 in 250 who would have the bleeding disorder then vit k is unnecessary. Unlike vaccines which provide immunity to diseases that were almost irradiated but people keep not vaccinating their kids so they keep popping up. 🙂 it doesn’t bother me that people choose not to vaccinate it’s a risk that some are willing to take. But I’m glad my children will never suffer from any of those diseases that are life threatening.

      • Robert   August 12, 2016 at 12:47 pm


        Just exactly what diseaases are those MANY children who chose not to vaccinate getting?

      • Stephanie   August 12, 2016 at 1:07 pm

        None of my three children have been vaccinated. None of them have had any diseases. In fact, they’ve never had any illness worse than a common head cold! This is in stark contrast to many of my friends’ children, who received all vaccines and have chronic illnesses! How about you stop spreading lies in an attempt to “win” people over to your side. The fact is, no study has ever been done comparing the vaccinated to the unvaccinated, so no conclusion can be arrived at to compare the health of either group either in relation to disease or overall health!

        • Rodrigo   January 29, 2022 at 9:12 am

          Just by reading Christel’s comment one knows that she is either a propagandista or was brainwashed by one.

      • Stephanie   August 12, 2016 at 1:08 pm

        It’s also highly important to note that vaccinating does not mean you will NOT catch the disease you are vaccinated against.

      • Kathryn   August 12, 2016 at 1:29 pm

        I think that most people who study life span and life expectancy recognize that hygiene and plumbers are more responsible than ANY western medicine development. Many of the diseases vaccines are said to reduce were already on the down slide

      • Darryl   August 12, 2016 at 2:23 pm
        Not only has it been confirmed that vaccinated children are spreading the same virus that the vaccine claims to eliminate through “Virus Shedding”. Virus shedding comes from vaccines, and these vaccine-induced infections put both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated at risk. Additional evidence of vaccines spreading measles can be found in reports from the National Vaccine Information Center. On page 34-36 of the report The Emerging Risks of Live Virus & Virus Vectored Vaccines: Vaccine Strain Virus Infection, Shedding & Transmission, Barbara Fisher, president of the NVIC, gives further evidence of how MMR vaccination can lead to measles infection and transmission weeks after vaccination through live virus shedding. Now we can discuss vaccines “Toxic Ingredients”. Formaldehyde (A Known Human Carcinogen), Aluminum, Polysorbate 80, MSG, Aborted Baby Fetus, Fetal Bovine Serum, D-fructose, Potassium Phosphate, Aluminum Phosphate, Ammonium Sulfate, modified Mueller-Miller casamino acid medium (without beef heart infusion), Vero (monkey kidney) cells, neomycin sulfate, MRC-5 (human diploid) cells, aluminum hydroxphosphate sulfate, ethanol, enzymes, phenol, detergent, 3-O-desacyl-4’ Monophosphoryl lipid A, insect cell, bacterial, and viral protein, E. coli, histidine, sucrose, deoxycholate, kanamycin, WI-38 human diploid lung fibroblasts, monkey kidney cells, embryonic guinea pig cell cultures, human embryonic lung cultures. Good Luck with the (Long Term Effects) of these Evil, Disgusting & Toxic ingredients which cause Autoimmune Disease. Here’s the link from CDC.Gov if you don’t believe me.

      • Stephanie Seifert   August 12, 2016 at 2:38 pm


        Vaccination and immunization are not the same thing. Most doctors use these words interchangeably because that’s what they are “coached” to say.

        Someone who is immune to something has acquired the disease and overcome it naturally, thereby making them immune…someone who has had measles or chicken pox will not get the disease a second time because they have the necessary antibodies.

        The CDC actually admits vaccination does not guarantee that your child won’t get the disease. Children who are vaccinated for measles, whooping cough and chicken pox still get those diseases. My grandmother was vaccinated for measles, but she still got measles, and guess what?…she didn’t die. Many of the disease we vaccinate for ARE NOT DEADLY.

        When a child is vaccinated and sent to school they become “A” symptomatic, meaning they show no signs of the disease, but they are carrying a live virus, making THEM contagious, NOT the unvaccinated kids. You’ve got your information backwards on this one.

      • CJ   August 12, 2016 at 2:45 pm

        The decrease in infant and child mortality occurred decades before any vaccines or antibiotics came on board. It was because of improved sanitation, clean water, improved nutrition and housing and better labor laws. Pertussis is on the rise and effecting as many vaccinated as un-vaccinated simply because the virus mutates and the vaccine effectiveness wanes over time. That is why so many boosters are now recommended for both children and now even adults. You are correct, that pertussis rarely fatal now but it not necessarily because of modern medicine and hospitals. It can usually be taken care of with vitamin C, good nutrition and only if that fails IV vitamin C treatment in the hospital.

      • Shu   August 12, 2016 at 3:41 pm

        I’m glad you are happy with your choices; i too am happy with most of mine. I chose not to vaccinate my 5 for the first several years, and then succumbed to an intense fear and guilt mongering on TV and the schools. Thank God they’d already all had chicken pox and measles and mumps. So all they were given at the health dept. were polio, german measles and one other i don’t remember. Two weeks later my 9 year old son had to quit soccer because of sudden onset of full blown asthma. I did not make the connection for two more years. By then he was over it because I used some healing techniques from local healer friends as well as herbs, etc. We were lucky. I do not look upon vaccines as being anything other than what is in them, and like a fair amount of modern medicine..look out!

      • Karina Callirgos   August 12, 2016 at 7:22 pm

        so what if they get sick? we take care of them. Period.

        Besides, where is your study where a third party has tested vaccinated kids vs non vaccinated… yeah nowhere. Because the study has never been done.

        Fyi: we opted out of EVERYTHING and at age 4 we took tithers for my son and he was immune to everything that you people vaccinate for. Geee what a miracle… please. vaccines are worthless. All the kids I know that have gotten any of these diseases are already vaccinated. Take off your blinder and stop giving kids autism.

      •   August 12, 2016 at 7:58 pm

        Show me the double blind, placebo controlled studies that show the rate of diseases in the vaccinated is less than in the un-vaccinated. The reason that study is not done is that it would prove that un-vaccinated children are much healthier, and it would destroy the profitable myth that vaccines are safe and effective. Please see

      • Susan   August 12, 2016 at 8:29 pm

        Please provide sources for your statistics. By the time of the measles vaccine the odds of dying from measles complications, just as a for instance, was something like 1 in 5000. It’s still about that today, even with vaccination and hospitalization.

        I believe you are quoting from statistics gotten from the late 1800’s, when typhus among other diseases were the biggest killers of children (and adults other than old age). Modern sanitation and decent nutrition for the masses has done more for humanity as a whole than vaccines ever have or ever will do. And most doctors, if cornered, will tell you that – off the record of course.

      • jane Longest   August 17, 2016 at 12:23 pm

        My sister and I both got chicken pox and measles, and so did a lot of my friends, and I can assure you that life for us kids back then not immune compromised with all the vaccines kids get today was a lot better! I can’t believe that working in a pediatrician’s office you can’t see this! Maybe pattern recognition is not a strong suit of the healthcare profession. Today kids might not be sick for a weak with chicken pox, they are sick MOST ALL THE TIME! Allergies, asthma, skin problems, earlier heart problems and cancer, the list goes on and on. The science is pretty clear that vaccines are doing this to these children for those who want to read it. Look up mitochondrial disorder or gut dysbiosis!

      • Justine   August 29, 2016 at 7:16 pm

        Actually, after working for only a brief time on a health advice phone line, I found that all the people calling with children with Mumps, Chicken pox and Measles were ALL fully vaccinated, and shocked by their doctors diagnoses because they were vaccinated.

      • Sheri   September 9, 2016 at 4:33 pm

        Actually Vitamin K is not a vaccine, Chritel. And you really don’t know what you are talking about regarding vaccines. Deaths from diseases had declined to NEAR non before each vaccine came out. And many of the diseases we still see are in vaccinated in many cases. NO vaccine gives immunity ever and all carry harm.

        Vaccines inject a chronic case of those illnesses into your child and then they aren’t able to throw them off and live with chronic cases of these diseases, causing many chronic and auto-immune illnesses. They can’t get an acute case as already sick with a chronic case of it. They don’t get measles because they are immune and have antibodies – they actually are too sick with a chronic case to ‘get’ an acute case of measles. They already have the diseases on a deep level and therefore can’t’ ‘get’ them as a non-vaxed child would.

        Antibodies after the vaccine are supposed to be proof the vaccine works………..but antibodies ONLY may mean immunity after having the disease in the normal way, not having it injected in, bypassing one whole part of the immune system. Antibodies being the end result of the immune system activation in full, not just a partial activation as with an injected vaccine

        it is something we understand as homeopaths. We can only get sick with one thing at a time – like you never get measles and mumps together for example. You have a chronic disease like alzheimers and you rarely will see any of them with acute illnesses like colds. The body is dealing with the strongest disease. Sometimes though an acute disease that ‘comes along’ IS stronger than the chronic disease and then you see symptoms of the acute disease and the chronic disease goes in the background. You often see this with a child with autism – they actually ‘get’ an acute disease or a fever and they don’t look as autistic – some even speak or other things – but then when the acute disease is better, they are back with the original symptoms of autism. But sometimes the acute disease can actually help to cure them. Its a concept that we know as homeopaths and see all the time. The body just doesn’t produce symptoms for everything that come at it – only the strongest thing. I hope that helps a little.

        The disease has no way out when injected unless the body is finally able to overcome it. So it just goes round and round, causing damage, with no way out

        for example with measles, we get concerned as homeopaths (and doctors used to understand this too) – we get concerned if the rash is slow to come out as then measles is staying inside (rash is measles leaving) – staying inside and harming organs. These are the children (few of them) that were harmed by measles. Same thing with the vaccine – why you see auto-immune illness, gut and brain injury – it stays inside and no rash that is measles coming out.. That’s why I’m happier when I see a rash after the measles vaccine – at least it is coming out – or some of it anyway.

        So if we know a child has measles (harder to know these days – but used to know as other family members had too or knew was exposed or going around school )- if your child was sick and brothers and sisters had measles, but your child had no rash – doctors would have you give hot bath to help the rash to come out. Homeopaths have a remedy called Apis that we use to help it to come out also.

      • marilynn   October 21, 2016 at 3:15 pm

        And what diseases are “almost irradiated” (exposed to radiation)?

      • Claudia   August 11, 2018 at 7:51 pm

        Diseases don’t pop up from un-vaccinated. Measles for example hasn’t been deadly for decades, and easily treated just like chicken pox. But they jacked up the vaccine in the 90s and produced a completely different strain of measles that also didn’t last… could have been an accident. Could have been just to scare those of us into vaccinating our completely healthy un-vaccinated children, who also fight all common diseases naturally, creating LIFE LONG immunity.

      • Stefanie   August 28, 2019 at 2:22 pm

        You do know that not one of the vaccines is 100% and that even if vaccinated you may be one of those people that the vaccine doesn’t help at all. And those diseages you’re saying are coming back because of unvaccinated is a joke. Explain why recent outbreaks have been happening to only vaccinated, such as at colleges where immunizations are required. Those diseases such as measles or mumps are not going to cause death, back in old days they were not sensationalized and were just like having chicken pox pretty much. Don’t you see its all about $$$$.

      • Rodrigo   January 29, 2022 at 9:10 am

        Not true. Read Dissolving Illusions and you will see vaccines have little (if any) to do with the reduction of deaths by infections diseases.

  2. Alan Lichter   August 11, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    We had decided not vaccinate our son and told the medical staff that we wanted no injections of any kind. When we were preparing to leave the hospital, a doctor approached and asked if we were planning a religious circumcision. He proceeded to tell us that our son could bleed profusely if we didn’t give him the vitamin K injection. I thanked him and declined, but it did scare me. Later, as I thought about it more, I came to realize that Jews have been circumcising our sons for thousands of years. There is a reason why it is 8 days after the birth. Clearly it had been determined over time that the boys did not bleed to death if we waited 8 days. There was barely a drop of blood.
    Medicine may not have figured out why vitamin K is low at birth, that doesn’t make it a problem. Our bodies have evolved over millions of years to this point in time. The design has allowed us to survive and thrive even before medical doctors came along to intervene. Make educated/informed choices for yourself and your child before you are confronted by their scare tactics.

  3. Kari Jordan   August 11, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    I learned years ago that Vitamin K levels actually reach a lifetime high, seven to eight days after birth. That, in fact, coincides with God’s mandate to circumsize baby boys on the eighth day – being His faithful way of protecting His people.
    I found that my baby boys bled very little during their circumcisions on the eighth day and I expect it was because of the high levels of Vit K by that point.
    I’m wondering if researchers recently have even considered monitoring the levels through the first couple weeks of a baby’s life to see if it does indeed rise.

  4. Jill Herendeen   August 11, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Parents can’t opt out of the Vit. K shot in NYS unless they birth at home (or out of state) w/out any NYS-certified clinician in attendance.

    • Deb   August 12, 2016 at 3:53 pm

      My son was able to opt out of Vitamin K and Hep B in New York City in a hospital. It was a very tough fight however and they had to talk to social services twice and the discharge was delayed by a day because of it. You really have to watch. The cap was off the syringe when my son noticed that the nurse was about to inject the vitamin K without being informed or asked consent. He was prepared prior and had purchased vitamin K drops from a local pharmacy. There is some excellent info online and specific instructions on how to administer it and what type to get. My grandson is almost 2 years old, happy, healthy, never sick, and nonvaccinated. is an excellent source.

  5. mjw   August 11, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    I thought that Vitamin K had a surge on the 8th day which corresponds with the circumcision timing in the law that is observed by the Hebrews.

  6. g   August 11, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    I know what you mean about no disease to complain about. My non-vaccinated child is 99% healthier than my vaccinated ones. It’s crazy!

  7. Davin emerson   August 11, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    It’s interesting that in the Jewish faith, the 8th day is the day circumcision is suppose to happen, why day 8? On the 8th day, the amount of prothrombin present actually is elevated above 100% of normal and is the only day in the male’s life in which this will be the case under normal conditions. If surgery is to be performed, day 8 is the perfect day to do it. Vitamin K and prothrombin levels are at their peak. You can find a chart in the book published by S.I. McMillen, M.D., it’s called, “None of These Diseases”.

    Just saying….

  8. Tabitha Elliott   August 11, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    At the home birth of our first child, our midwife pressured my husband and me to administer the Vitamin K shot to our infant due to bruising he sustained on his head from being in the birth canal too long (because the midwife refused to get out of bed and come deliver me. We called her three times and at one point she actually told me to lie down, go to sleep in order to stop the labor, and call her in the morning when she was well rested. I actually did sleep through most of the labor which was quick and tolerably painful, but that didn’t stop the labor from moving right along. Did I mention my water had already broken prior to any contractions, and she still wanted me to wait until morning to deliver? Finally we just told her the baby was coming with or without her.). Anyway, I wish I had trusted my gut that this person was an incompetent fool but she did tell me that our child was risking death by not receiving the vit K shot. If any of you parents have been threatened with your child’s impending death in order to receive a medical procedure, you know what I mean. Fear makes smart people stupid. I solemnly avow that at no point during the delivery or my prenatal care was I given any written information on the potential side effects of vit K. (The midwife I used for my next 3 home births–much more competent than the first one which could hardly be called a midwife and gives midwifery everywhere a horrible reputation–gave me a pamphlet and a legal opt-out form to sign weeks before each due date; that was the first I’d heard that vit K was linked to severe jaundice.) With baby number one, we consented to it and in 3 days he was hospitalized with life threatening jaundice. I am not exaggerating when I say that the doctors gave him a slim chance of survival. He hadn’t eaten since birth and had wet maybe one diaper. Lost about 25% of his birth weight. Later he developed esotropia–alternating lazy eyes–which we first noticed around 9 months old. Of all my children (the other 3 having not reveived vit K), the oldest has the weakest immune system, the highest frequency of catching viruses, the worst temperament/ behavior, and displays antisocial tendencies. We never got him any other vaccines or injections. It isnt all bad: He is kind and sweet when he wants to be, a school and book lover, a hard worker, and has great sleeping habits. I just wonder how many of the health and disposition struggles he faces have to do with the rough start he got to life. I can’t resist adding one more piece of my horror home birth story: when i was trying to nurse my newborn, I had him smushed up to my chest since no one showed me how to latch him (I had no idea there was a proper way to do it, and was shown for the first time by a hospital nurse when he was in for jaundice treatment) and I noticed he wasn’t breathing. I immediately alerted the midwife and her assistant and they, without checking, told me he was fine and that I just needed to keep nursing him. I started screaming that he was turning purple and finally they gave him oxygen and Cpr. I don’t know how long he was without oxygen but I think he must have nearly died.

    I encourage anyone seeking a homebirth to thoroughly vet your midwife. Be bold, be rude if you have to. Ask hard questions like if they will really be available to come the minute you call to say you’re in labor or if they prefer to wait until you’re crowning; if they are willing to supply you with enough information about your choices so you can choose wisely; what they would do, and have done, in a crisis such as placenta previa, unexpected breech or unexpected twins. Any truly experienced midwife has dealt with all of those things. Ask them their thoughts on the connection between one’s emotional state and one’s pregnancy, labor, and birth. Ask them what got them into midwifery and how they trained. Get a sense for their feelings regarding following or breaking the law. Ask how many children they’ve had and how their pregnancies, labors, and deliveries went. (Aside: I would sooner go to a male M.D. who witnessed his wife birth their children than a female midwife who has never had children. The business of birth changes when the currency bears your DNA.) Ask how many babies theyve caught and when they transfer a client to the hospital. Ask about tragedies. Ask them their background in nutrition and for Pete’s sake don’t follow any pregnancy diet you find on a blog. Only your health care providers, with your blood labs which should always be tested with each new pregnancy, can tell you what you should be eating during your pregnancy. Same goes for exercise recommendations. A competent midwife should be able to handle all of those things. Never mind potentially offending the midwife, it’s your child and your life at stake. Literally. Don’t pick a midwife because she’s nice. Don’t pick the cheapest one or the one who takes insurance. Don’t pick one who makes you feel dumb. Yea, you’re a first time expecting mom; no, your instincts are not wrong. No one knows your body as well as you, i know that sounds new age-y but it’s actually true. Finally, if you can’t find a competent midwife, you can’t have a home birth. Just do it in a hospital with no regrets. Both my sisters-in-law tried home births with midwives who were even worse than the first one i used, both SILs proceeded through the last few weeks of pregnancy in highly dangerous but undiagnosed health conditions (one was pre-eclampsia), both had agonizing failed labors at home that ended with a transfer to the hospital and a c-section. In case you’re wondering i was contacted by the Tennessee association of midwives a few years after my eldest’s birth to take a survey on Mary Ann Richardson and I told them everything that happened. I was never contacted back and as far as I know no action was taken to revoke her state issued license or compensate me in any way. I’m sure she’s still delivering babies to this day…and working full time as a manager at Macaroni Grill…and taking classes to become a registered nurse…i kid you not, that’s what the deal was 8 years ago when we employed her services. And yes, we were dumb. The fault was my husband’s and mine for giving our child vit K, not the midwife who told me he was going to die without it.

  9. Rebeka   August 11, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    We were able to find oral vitamin K in the US through a compounding pharmacy.

    • Kyla P. Ensor   August 16, 2016 at 7:17 am

      Can you share your source and how you administered it? Thanks in advance!

  10. Govinda   August 11, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Our midwives, who’ve cared for over 1000 mothers and babies over the years, give mothers the option of taking Alfalfa powder towards the end of pregnancy to increase Vitamin K naturally. We did this for our babies, declined the shot (as well as all other shots) and raised wonderfully healthy babies who rarely get ill or complain of any serious ailments. Our midwives have found other benefits to mothers and babies who take Alfalfa, as well as daily dandelion powder and drink Mothers tea daily (western botanicals blend). These wise women have many, many remedies and natural means of addressing various concerns along the way of parenthood. Wish western medicine would listen and explore such approaches as well.

  11. Kyla P. Ensor   August 12, 2016 at 4:56 am

    I’d like to skip the shot but I am concerned about vitamin D deficiency. What brand of oral vitamin k drops, at what volume, and how often do you all recommend as a safety net?

    • Jenny M.   August 12, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      Most ‘vitamins’ are synthetic, and most are from China. Beware of your sources and go for using real foods to help your kids grow and prosper. As Adelle Davis once said (and it was edited out), “If it’s advertised in the media, don’t buy it!”

      We used the Weston a Price traditional dietary advice for our kids and they are thriving on it. They all have excellent eyesight, and with the exception of our first born (I didn’t know about dietary anything back then), they have well formed teeth and no crowded teeth at all, no cavities either.

  12. Twin Mom   August 12, 2016 at 8:01 am

    When my twins were born they gave them vitamin K without informed consent. I told them no injections of any kind, but they did it anyway. I think this happens to a lot of parents, the nurses sneak your baby away or just do whatever they want regardless of the parents instructions. My first question is, how likely are you to win a lawsuit over informed consent? Because this makes me furious, I see the vitamin K shot as a possible eugenics program, along with the vaccines. Secondly, what course of action can parents take if their babies were given vitamin K to counter act or help the body get rid of it or heal?

  13. Jeff Brown   August 12, 2016 at 10:01 am

    We just had the Vit K discussion at our hospital when we delivered our daughter. Let Gods design work it’s magic! We declined. We actually askex the nurse what else was in the shot, she said it’s pure 100% vitamin K. Well we looked at the box and there are a bunch of synthetic ingredients, some of which are illegal in some countries. Try not to blame the nurses though, this is what they are taught and they do what they are told to keep their jobs. My wife did give them a little education on the other ingredients. Good luck!May God bless and you little children of his.

  14. Jenny M.   August 12, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    We got talked into the K shot for our firstborn, soon after they got jaundice. Our other kids never got the k shots (or any others) and they never got jaundice either.
    Genital mutilation has no place in civilized society. Using that as an excuse to push yet another shot on babies is criminal.
    The more these so called ‘medical professionals’ practice, the more foolish, ignorant and blind they appear to be. I don’t see too many healthy kids out there, do you?

  15. Ian   August 12, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    We have 3 completely non vaccinated children. Our third was our boy on contrary to what my wife thought or what is slowly becoming the new majority, I wanted my son to be able to relate with me as much as possible making me believe a circumcision was necessary. Day 2 at the hospital, the dr came and said we are going to give your son the Vit K shot. I kindly told him as I had said to 5 different people, we will not do any type of vaccinations and he responded, “oh no problem, we simply provide the infant a boost of Vit K to help coagulate their blood for circumcision”. After talking to my wife we thought, do we really care if they are just giving him vitamins? That is when the screaming started and continued well after the circumcision healing. As soon as he got his shot he did not spend one waking moment for six months without screaming. The longest he slept was 30 min at which point he would wake screaming again. He couldn’t even do his hearing screaning, and literally pissed off the nurse, “why is he screaming so much?” By the time we got home we realized that he had severe acid reflux and threw up constantly especially when we lay him down. We didn’t notice any type of fever or rashes but he went from a quiet sleeping baby to a never ending scream, far different from our two girls before him. The only thing the moderately calmed his scream was when I gave him baby Zantac which I hated giving him medicine everyday. It wasn’t until a yer later that he started to calm down and was able to sleep a couple hours or have moments of quiet awake time. Much to my wife’s regret of human mutilation she decided to look into Vit K and holy crap were we shocked to see all the messed up ingredients in it and adverse reactions similar to a vaccine. We’re are still upset and feel horribly guilty about it and hopefully didn’t cause him too much trauma. Bottom line, Vit K shot is just as messed up and pointless. DONT DO IT!

    • Comadrona   March 21, 2017 at 11:51 pm

      Personally I can’t understand why you would circumcise your son and then demur at giving him Vitamin K – crazy logic! Circumcision is a decision made largely for cosmetic or other spurious reasons which can’t be reversed and affects the boy- who did not consent to the procedure- for life. If the best “relating’ you do is comparing penis styles, I feel very sorry for your son. I believe that any adverse effects he had were far more likely to be from circumcision than Vitamin K.

  16. Karen   August 13, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    2 children no vaccines, never had a course of antibiotics ever. Pretty good health. They are now early teens. Making you afraid is what the medical establishment does. It’s their bussiness model. If you are ever in doubt, just follow the money and that path should give you clear answers.

  17. Jane   August 13, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Vit k shot does not cause jaundice, or leukemia. There has only been one significant reaction to the shot in the 55 years it’s been in common use

    • jane Longest   August 17, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      Make that 2! My son had that shot and immediately turned jaundice. Ignorant doctors told me it was ‘normal’ for newborns and to just put him in sunlight. Lord knows what damage it did too him…hopefully not permanent. Now that I no longer subscribe to all these modern ‘improvements’ in healthcare for me and my family and our health is improving, I shutter to think what the long term implications for some of this stuff is and how to completely rid it from our bodies!

  18. Randall   August 14, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    This article from the Vaccine Resistance Movement site has a much darker view of the K-12 shot, much darker. I suggest any parent expecting a child to read this to get another view, and then weigh the evidence.

  19. Kyla P. Ensor   August 16, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Can someone with past experience share resources on where to acquire oral vitamin k (a good, reputable source) and how/when to administer it to a newborn?

  20. Katherine Luther   April 23, 2017 at 8:16 am

    My vaxxed kids have never been seriously ill, never had a long viral illness, rarely had common colds, no gut issues, no intellectual challenges or deficits, nothing, This is so Henny Penny sky is falling.

  21. Anita   July 9, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    A baby produces vitamin K naturally and in fact on the 8th day a baby has more vitamin K in its body than it ever will for the rest of its life. …and its only on the 8th day! This is the day the Lord said to circumcise and you can be sure it is correct!

  22. Alita   October 17, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    It is revealing how the medical profession is feigning concern about babies not getting Vitamin-K shots or vaccinations. Yet, they remain silent over abortions. They remain silent where it is now legal in some states where the baby can be terminated after birth by the mother’s decision. Where is the outcry from the medical establishment? There is a double standard going on here.

    Several states already have made it law that all newborns must be injected with Vitamin-K. The parents no longer have a choice in the matter and resisting the establishment is now punishable.

    Folks, if you do your research as I have. You will discover that vaccines contain a dangerous mixture of ingredients. One is called Thimerasol which is labeled as a preservative. That compound contains mercury.

    What is more shocking, today’s vaccines now incorporate aborted human fetal cells. Vaccines are routinely formulated with aborted human fetal cells known as MRC-5 and WI-38. I can go at extreme length on this subject but suffice to say, everyone should research everything to find the truth.

    In short, please stay away from injections in general including flu shots. Genetically modified DNA and other uncontrolled ingredients are now the norm in these shots which are producing extremely dangerous and unpredictable results.

    The science of genetic engineering has a very dark side to it. Please be diligent.


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