Hi ladies! Today I had my birth plan appointment. I was feeling good about everything, and the nurse midwife told me I didn't even have to request things like no episiotomy or forceps/vacuum delivery because they don't do those as regulations anyway. She also said I could be monitored intermittently. I tried to ask when they would recommend pitocin if my labor was slow (previously I had been told that they'd recommend it if dilation hadn't progressed in 5 or 6 hours...I don't even know if that's reasonable or not...), but she said she couldn't say because it would all depend on how the baby was handling everything.
Anyway, she also gave me a big packet of things to read about hospital tests and policies once I'm in labor. Now that I am reading it, I feel like I signed up to be the mouse in some mad scientist's crazy experiment. For active labor, it says things like "baby's heart rate and contractions will be monitored...using belts on your stomach or we may apply a monitor to the baby's head and one inside your uterus." Um, what? I definitely don't want an internal monitor. It also says "the nurse will do vaginal exams to determine your progress in labor" and then it says "your water will be broken if not already." WHY? Why do they need to break the water automatically, and why can't they just wait until it happens on its own? It also says "we may consult anesthesia physician to help you with pain control" and "you may be offered medication if you experience discomfort." Hello, it's a birth, I know that there will be discomfort, but that doesn't mean I want you shoving meds in my face. I'm just frustrated because when I initially asked another OB in the practice about all of this, she said that the nurses and doctors would explain anything they wanted to do and that I had the right to say no to whatever I want. I am hoping that's still true, but this stupid handout makes it sound like I have no say in what they do to me. Have any of you ladies had a similar experience where your doctors seemed natural birth friendly but the hospital policies threw you for a loop? Did you have trouble declining stupid things like tons of cervical checks and rupturing of membranes? Am I overreacting? FWIW, I am planning on staying at home as long as possible. Thanks!