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Is natural birth possible at the hospital?

Posted by on Jul. 29, 2013 at 7:25 AM
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When women go without an epidural they say they went natural, but do they it anything in the IV?  I am wondering because a nurse made a remark to my friend about how the stuff in the IV would help with the pain and they said the same thing to me.  I can't remember exactly how they said it, it's been a while,  

by on Jul. 29, 2013 at 7:25 AM
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by on Jul. 29, 2013 at 9:35 AM
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if they told you they put something in the iv to help with the pain then it wasnt all natural...they gave you pain meds....I had an iv for all of an hour maybe because the hopital i was at wouldnt let me deliver without it but it was strictly saline solution i wuldt let them put meds in it

by on Jul. 29, 2013 at 9:49 AM
They gave you some sort of pain medication via IV an IV alone is not unnatural to me though. To have a natural hospital birth these days you really need to educate yourself because most hospitals push pain meds and even home birthing moms might be tempted by instant relief if available.
by on Jul. 29, 2013 at 9:58 AM
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Of course it's possible. I've done it 3 times, soon to be 4. Don't get an iv and READ THE FORMS before you sign them. There's usually once consenting to labor augmentation in there. Don't sign it, then they can't give you that stuff :-)
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by Platinum Member on Jul. 29, 2013 at 10:16 AM
You can opt of of the IV. Some practices will feel more comfortable if you have a hep lock "just in case" but that doesn't mean you need to hook up to anything. With my second I went without even a hep lock.
The practice you are with makes a BIG difference. Choose wisely.
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by on Jul. 29, 2013 at 10:21 AM
Yes. I had a hep lock with my second, but nothing went in my body during labor.
by on Jul. 29, 2013 at 10:54 AM

I had a pain med free/intervention free birth in a hospital. I did have an IV in place, and they could have put some sort of medication in there if I'd asked, but I just stuck to fluids. 

by on Jul. 29, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Drug free birth without an IV? Yes. I've had one. Undisturbed, physiological birth, no in my opinion.

You can decline an IV altogether and I think it's beneficial. Gives you freedom of movement, prevents you from feeling like a patient, and makes it a lot asier to get pitocin or IV narcotics like demerol. Even just a saline solution "dilutes" the labor hormones and can slow things down. You're better off drinking water by mouth as you feel you need to.

by Tabi - Admin on Jul. 29, 2013 at 3:52 PM

If they said the IV would help the pain then they gave you pain meds in the IV.  Some IVs re just saline and thats fine and wont help..or you can get the needle inserted and nothing attached.

Personally I dont think at MY hosital natural births are possible.  They press for meds, and interventions that make laboring how you need possible

by on Jul. 29, 2013 at 3:54 PM
My definition of a natural birth does not include the hospital. Unfortunatly I am having a natural as possible birth at a hospital this time around, but after having one at home I would never call the hospital natural.
by on Jul. 29, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Why not? Unless you need it medically, you can refuse the IV.

Personally, I didn't get the epidural but it wasn't "all natural" either, nor did I want it to be. I had to have the IV because I was getting dehydrated and actually drinking fluid was making me sick so I just plain refused to do it and told the nurse that was hovering over me with a glass of water to fuck off before I bite her hand off. I requested that they push any kind of pain meds possible in there, too, because my insurance would cover those but not the epidural.

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