Vitamin K and the Newborn
by Sara Wickham
[2003, Surrey, U.K.: AIMS, 26 pages, paper booklet.]
[Review first published in Midwifery Today Issue 68, Winter 2003, © 2003, Midwifery Today, Inc. Review by Cher Mikkola.]
The routine administration of vitamin K to newborns has been called into question in the past many years and debated heatedly among parents as well as practitioners of all kinds. Wickham as usual approaches her subject in a disciplined fashion, discussing the topic’s history, benefits, risks and consent and refusal. Be forewarned that she does not make the decision for the reader! AIMS tirelessly promotes healthy pregnancy, birth and newborns, and Wickham’s booklet is yet another well-researched guide for parents who question the efficacy of routine vitamin K administration.
Reviewer Cher Mikkola is a contributing editor at Midwifery Today magazine and a freelance writer, editor and proofreader who specializes in the field of birth.