I've never posted on this board before, but I had a question for you ladies. I'm planning on birthing as naturaly as possible within a hospital setting. I would have loved to do a birthing center or homebirth, but it's not a feasible option for me with the military insurance I have and the area we live in, so I'll be delivering at a Naval Hospital.
My question is: for women who had a natural (completely unmedicated) birth in a hospital, did you have the option of refusing an IV (as long as you weren't in danger) and if so, were you given a hard time about it? How hard did you have to defend you descision?
I know there are exceptions, such as if you have group B strep you have to have an IV for the antibiotics.
I just don't know how common it is to be "allowed" to say no to this. I'll be asking my provider next week when I go in, but I wanted wider input anyway. I pass out when I get stuck with needles, it's an entirely uncontrolable physical response, and if I know going into the hospital that I won't have to have one outside of an emergency, I think it will help me relax.
Sorry about the length, and TIA!