I spoke with my doctor about not wanting an IV, and he said that was fine as long as I had a heplock. At first, I felt like that was a good compromise. However, now that I think about it, I don't see it any more necessary than an IV the minute I walk in the door. I don't want an IV because I want to have as little intervention as possible as long as my birthing experience is going well and low risk. He says a heplock is there to start an IV if something suddenly goes wrong. I'm not against medical intervention if it becomes medically necessary. So my question is this, how often does something go wrong in a low risk pregnancy/ childbirth so quickly that an IV could not be put in? What situations occur that my life or the baby's life would be at risk because they couldn't get an IV in quickly enough?
I would like to discuss not getting the heplock unless something starts to go wrong. So if all goes well, I wouldn't have to have one at all, but if something starts going wrong, I'll have it put it and available for treating complications. My doctor apt is this Friday, so I wanted to ask you ladies on the board (and especially nurses that have had to deal with this) before I go in.