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?
Tiff + Bobby 8/22/04
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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.
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)
Adam and Eirinn
Ashleigh Jun 3 2000, Mackenzie Sept 21 2001, Jayde Jul 9 2006, and Liam Jun 9 2011
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)
DD - Nov/06, DS - Sept/08, DS - Mar/11
thanks for the input. Its really apprieciated
Tiff + Bobby 8/22/04