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#31 of 32 Old 06-07-2013, 05:09 PM
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I disagree with those that say the wheelchair / gown are no big deal.  I ended up in a conventional hospital (instead of a homebirth) when I went into labor at 33 weeks, and went into the hospital with nothing but a water bottle and wearing my favorite sweats.  It was important to me that I had control of the situation, that I walked up to the room and that I walked out of the room.  (NOTE - they would not budge on not letting me walk for an hour and until I'd peed, non negotiable.)  It was very important to me that I not wear a hospital gown.  (I took my pants off when the baby was coming and had no problem finding them afterwards - they weren't dirty.)  I also drank my water the whole time and did not get on the bed until the very end... which next time, by the way, I would not do - next time, I'd do the last pushing kneeling or such on the floor.  I took all the cushions off the couch and made a floor mat to labor on. :) We did not do eye ointment, hep B, or vit K.  I had my midwife with me, acting as doula, and would absolutely not do a hospital birth without a level headed advocate; she kept the staff from doing things before I'd had a chance to answer.. Our nurse was bemused by the whole thing, but everything went pretty smoothly with the staff. I was polite but firm as was my midwife/doula.  Do what is right for you!  

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I've had 2 vaginal births. I was never offered a wheel chair either time when I was leaving the hospital (though I would have appreciated it after my first birth as I had a zillion of stitches and walking hurt like hell) I did stay overnight at the hospital, didn't leave early after the births though so maybe that's why?
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