Both times I was in the hosp. with my boys they took a blood test before and after delivery. I'm wondering why they do this and if it's avoidable. I already am having the rho gam shot and would like to minimize the poking and prodding. I'm delivering with a midwife this time who seems willing to go along with whatever you want (the no IV or hep lock I stated is not going to be a problem). If they are just testing iron level, I'd rather just take the iron supps for a month after delivery.