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December 2008, I delivered at OU Medical Center (it was the ONLY hospital in OK where you would be ALLOWED to try for a VBAC (even though I've had 3!), and my experience was a bit different. Hubby & I went in with my printed Birthing Plan and attending Dr looked it over and said, "I see no reason why we couldn't do that," but I think she was just blowing hot air.
Once I was admitted, everything changed! I wasn't allowed to walk around during labor, they INSISTED on an IV (even though I was very opposed) and pressured me (*and MADE ME CRY) until I finally let them give me Pitocin (I had only been there an hour & a half!). ONE NURSE was nice to me and told me (after the Dr left the room) that I could have continued to refused and they would have had to honor that... but I had tried and anyway by then it was too late!
I felt VERY deceived and taken-advantage-of while in such a vulnerable position! I hope your experience is much better than mine!
Here is the good news, every hospital (even the ones with midwives, like OU) will say you have to follow certain "guidelines" as a patient, but the truth is that legally you have rights to refuse any test, procedure or intervention, i.e.: heplock, fetal monitoring, ultrasounds, newborn exams, etc.
For more information look up The Patient's Bill of Rights. It is also a good idea to pick up a copy of the hospitals admissions policy and read it and cross out the things you don't agree with when you sign it.
I have worked with many moms that refused standard items like IVs/heplocks, continous monitoring, not eating in labor rule, and even a mom that refused to get out of the birthing tub so that their baby would be born in the water, despite "hospital policy".
Hope this helps.
Unfortunately, some careproviders give moms grief when they refuse to consent, but the moms don't usually care about that so long as they have the birth they desire.
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