Originally Posted by alegna
You don't have to have an IV wherever you are and you can always eat as you want. You are not the property of the hospital. You can refuse anything.
And no, IME a shower is NOTHING like a tub in labor.
my hospital would not allow me to go without an iv...they said it was hospital policy and they did not want me eating either....but I think that was more of a dr preferrence than the hospital.
I know hospitals technically can not refuse someone......but do you think it will be fine (as in hassle free) coming in without any real repore with the hospital and drs and having your baby? I am not overly familar with it, but I know some drs will not take patients that are so far along. For instance I came to my dr at 6months pg and he was barely going to take me. It is too much of a risk for them. Now of course I do not know that a dr can say no I will not deliver this baby because they are not my patient........like I said I am not familar with the rules. But to me that would be more stressful than a homebirth....just jumping on a wim. But that is just me.
A hot shower may feel great, but I do not know about standing and laboring....to me that does not sound fun. And besides that, you should check with hospital policy as to if they will even let you do that type of thing.
To me it sounds like you should labor at home and then when it is closer to time to give birth, go to the hospital......providing they let you right in. Unless of course at that time you feel more comfy with the home birth thing.
I personally would never birth in a hospital again..........homebirth all the way for me!