I know there is a lot of debate about being able to birth naturally in a hospital, and that each hospital is different but a conversation I was having with my friend who's pregnant got me thinking.
She was showing me where her IVs were put in as she was induced (high risk situation for a blood condition) and I said how I hope I never need one when I go into labor because I have notoriously small veins and even the phlebotomists have a hard time with me. Her hubby was under the impression that you're given an IV no matter how you birth. We haven't taken the birthing classes with our hospital yet (they're for 3rd tri) and I don't have another MW appt for three weeks so I wanted to know what other's experiences have been. This couple also has to give birth a another hospital because of her condition.
If you've given birth in a hospital and done it naturally, did they automatically have you hooked up to an IV for hydration or anything like that? I guess I can understand if you're in a higher risk situation, but if the baby is fine and I'm fine, I don't see the point.