I will be delivering at a University Hospital in about 6 weeks. Being a teaching hospital with lots of fancy-shmancy equipment, this hospital has a rebutation of being a little intervention happy (more so than your avarge hospital). I really don't have a choice on where to deliver, this is the only place my insurance will cover, and we can't afford anything else. While talking to my doula, who has worked with my OB and this hospital extensively, she mentioned that hospital policy is to always have an IV, and that they will do just a hep-lock if you insist, but arn't very happy about it. I was hoping to avoid haveing even a hep-lock. My doula is terrific and will back me up 100% with what ever I decide, but has warned me that this issue will be a fight from the get go. So my question: is it really that important to refuse a hep-lock? Is this something that I should put my foot down about, or is this a place that for the sake of a peaceful birth experience and nurses that don't hate me I should just let go?
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9/1/07 at 12:47pm