Background: There is an increasing trend of parents refusing vitamin K (VK) prophylaxis in newborns. We examined the knowledge, perceptions, cultural and religious barriers of expecting parents regarding VK prophylaxis.
Observations: Questionnaires were completed by 217 participants: 151 female participants and 85% were expecting their first child. Two thirds had academic degrees, yet were ignorant regarding recommendation to provide VK (22.5%), source (15.5%), action (34%), and provision options (29%). Moreover, first-time parents had not yet decided to provide VK after birth (P<0.05).
Conclusions: There is a need to provide expecting parents with information regarding safety, utility, and benefits of VK prophylaxis.
*Department of Neonatology
‡Henrietta Szold Hadassah, Hebrew University School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel
Funded by the Nursing Research Unit of Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center.
The authors declare no conflict of interest.
Reprints: Smadar Eventov-Friedman, MD, PhD, Department of Neonatology, Hadassah and Hebrew University Hospital, Ein Kerem, Jerusalem 91120, Israel (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Received December 22, 2011
Accepted August 22, 2012