I deliver in an old school hospital. We have one OB practice here, that has no midwives. We have one home birth midwife in the area and for various reasons, we are opting for a 4th and final hospital birth. This is my third birth with this OB. She and I have made friends outside of the office and she knows I am not nuts. ;-)
Our hospital here has old school policies, no food/drink, IVs etc. But I have also learned they yield to Anything the OB signs off on in the birth plan. She has signed my last two, so I had no reason to think she would not do it this time, but something about having that signed, in my hand, in L&Ds file, etc, makes me feel SO much better.
Eat, Drink, no IV, move around, a few minutes of monitoring each hour and I don't have to be bed bound for it, no checks, I will tell you when baby is ready to come out and you should catch her, and let me push her out however I darn well please. Then leave us all alone. :)
She signed it, faxed it to L&D, gave me a copy, and send me out the door saying she wished everyone was this easy. And after having 2 great experiences with her, I know she is good for it. And now the nursing staff will let me be too. :)
Weight of the shoulders!