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    Ok, I remember that when DS was born they said they wouldnt' do a heplock, but I don't want an attached IV in labor. Now he was born at a different hospital than this one. So if they have the same policy can you just insist on heplock? Apparently I'm GBS + so I have to have an IV at some time, I just don't want to get stuck. Maybe just say I plan on walking so make sure IVs are portable. Ideas? Advice? Input?
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    Quote Originally Posted by renee24 View Post
    Ok, I remember that when DS was born they said they wouldnt' do a heplock, but I don't want an attached IV in labor. Now he was born at a different hospital than this one. So if they have the same policy can you just insist on heplock? Apparently I'm GBS + so I have to have an IV at some time, I just don't want to get stuck. Maybe just say I plan on walking so make sure IVs are portable. Ideas? Advice? Input?
    I'd do what I could to NOT be GBS+ when labor starts so I didn't have to deal with the IV at all. Or tell them that you prefer to treat for symptoms, you'll accept an IV only if you develop a fever or your membranes are ruptured for more than 24 hours. The chief complaint about IVs during labor is that it's typically put in the back of your hand, which limits what you can do with that hand. Getting on hands & knees, lying your head on that hand, even just leaning onto that arm can be uncomfortable or painful. You can ask to have it inserted into a more convenient place, but that might depend on how good your veins are in that other place. Do the Hibiclens or garlic protocol & ask to be retested.
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    I had the heplock placed in my mid-forearm instead of my hand or elbow. It worked just fine for me being semi-mobile (well, for the 1st 19 hours until I got the epidural and had to be on fluids). They had to stick me a couple of times to get it in but I could move my wrist AND elbow just fine.


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    I was GBS unknown. I went into labor the day they did my GBS swab. I got a heplock. They administered the antibiotics every 4 hours and I had to be tethered to the IV pole for the 1/2 hour it took. I just sat on the birth ball while it was going through and then they unhooked me and I was off to walk the halls again. It wasn't great, cause I really didn't want to be hooked up to anything at any point, but it wasn't bad. I honestly didn't even notice the heplock, it didn't bother me. By the time it probably would have bothered me, in transition, there were other things that hurt way worse

    I was a VBA2C and my dr would not consider it without at the minimum a heplock, but if I wasn't a VBA2C patient, I would've argued against that even (or probably stayed home )

    Now, if I had it to do all over again, I would argue about the antibiotics in the first place, but that's all over with anyway. Like pp said, I would try to not be GBS +, but yes, it can be done with just a heplock and antibiotics.

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    I think it does depend on the hospital/doctor and their policys... I was GBS unknown when I went into labor with DD#3 and chose to forgo the antibiotics and treat for symptoms after should they arise. They did a swab that came back twenty minutes after she was born and said negative so *shrugs* who knows. I ended up with the IV anyway (because of epidural)
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    You can refuse anything you like regardless of hospital routine.If you are allowing the antibiotics, you can still refuse to have the fluids running between doses (ie. a heplock or saline lock)

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    thanks for the input. Its really apprieciated
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