I went to my regular MW appointment today and brought along my birth plan. I figured it wasn't going to be a big deal because I delivered DD at the same hospital two years ago and all of my requests were pretty much standard. I met a new MW this time, she is taking over for one of the usual MWs who is on maternity leave. Anyway, she looked it over and said everything looked fine except for my request for intermittent monitoring. She said that they do 20 minutes of continuous when you get to triage (same as last time), but then they will want me back on the monitors every 2 hours for 20 minutes, she called it a NST for the baby. I hated the continuous monitoring in triage last time, and it was pure heaven getting in the bath after that and never having to get out until I was ready to push. Provided everything looks good I want that same experience.
She could tell I was visibly upset to hear this and her response was, "Well, labor at home as long as possible, maybe by the time you get to the hospital you won't need it anyway." I always find that response funny because it's like you obviously don't see the value in these tests or you wouldn't be telling me to stay home. Anyway, I just said I will be willing to sign a waiver, but I don't want continuous monitoring unless it becomes necessary. She told me to let them know when I got to the hospital. I told her I didn't want to be arguing with people while I'm in labor and could she please get me something to sign beforehand. She told me she would have it for me at the next visit.
So frustrating, but anyway, has anyone had experience with declining medical procedures? Did they give you a hard time or leave you alone after you signed?