Originally Posted by Semper Gumby
I believe it's unlikely and rare. No VEs, IV, saline or heplock, ECFM (or intermittent FM), AROM, being confined to the bed, etc. Completely hands off and free to do whatever you wish in terms of your labor/birth preference.
I had none of the above in my 2002 hospital birth. I did have a 15 minute external fetal monitor strip, but that was it, and I was standing/squatting the whole time
No vaginal exam, ever, from start to finish.
No IV or lock.
No stripping of membranes or artificial rupture of membranes.
No pitocin, no cytotec, no augmentation or induction.
No traction on the cord after.
Babe at my breast within 30 seconds.
Delayed cord clamping.
Babe stayed with us for 2+ hours. Then DH followed him and was with him the entire time before they returned him to me.
Babe with me the entire 2 days, co-sleeping in the bed.
NOTHING other than the 15 minute EFM strip.
I walked in with my husband and doula at 10 cm, though. Baby was born within 30-45 minutes of walking in, and the only reason it took THAT long was that I think I closed up a bit out of nervousness.
When the EFM was done, the CNM walked in. She asked me to get on the bed if I could, and I said I couldn't (I was clinging to a small bedside table), so she slid a chux pad under me and slid under me, like an auto mechanic checking the underside of a car LOL.
She saw my bulging bag of waters. I shouted "I need to push!" and she said, "Then push!" No vag exam--nothing. She could tell.
My body pushed (I didn't do it voluntarily--it just happened, maternal-fetal ejection reflex). Bag of waters EXPLODED.
DH, CNM, and doula slowly guided me to the bed, where I ended up releasing the baby in a modified all-fours position about 4 pushes after my water broke. Done.
This was at a small community hospital, btw--nothing fancy, and not known for any sort of alternative birthing/natural birthing approach. We were just very clear and advocated for what we wanted, and picked a CNM practice that supported what we wanted.
So it IS possible to have a non-intervention hospital birth. I'm now due in early August, and damn well intend to do the same again.