The moments following childbirth are meant to be peaceful, serene, and a time to bond with baby. Most of us have visions of cradling our tiny, wet newborns, skin-to-skin, getting to know one another after not seeing each other for nine whole months. But that's not always the case. Depending on where one gives birth, baby can often be swooped out of mama's arms in a hectic and most unserene way in order to be weighed, prodded, and administered a vitamin K shot.
Many people don't give much thought to vitamin K shots before giving birth, as, typically, it's not something anyone is "warned" of, and it's standard hospital protocol. But what exactly is this shot? And is it really necessary?