Post # 1
I posted this in Babies but didn’t know where the best location would be so I will post it here too. Anyone ask for a heparin lock during labor so that you could still move around in the hospital? This is where they put the needle in your arm in case they need to IV you later, but lock it off so you aren’t tethered to the IV the whole time you are in the hospital. Was the staff OK with that or were they hesitant? Just wondering about your experience. I’d like to be able to move and walk etc. so I am thinking I will request it instead of an IV.
Post # 3
As your nurse, I wouldn’t have a problem with that. I can hook up an IV if needed in a couple of seconds. The doctor however, is the one who would have to order it if hospital policy is to start an IV, so make sure you discuss this with her.
Post # 4
I think that is fairly normal actually. They will start an iv line pretty much by protocol so if there is suddenly an emergency and they need it there isn’t wasted time trying to stick you but unless you have an issue they won’t have anything just running to run fluid.
Post # 5
This is definitely something to ask your doc at your next appointment. Mine said (for example) that he would be thrilled to just do the IV lock, however it’s hospital policy where I’m going to get an IV started as soon as it’s confirmed you’re in active labor (they also won’t let you have anything to eat/drink except ice chips after that point). he did say that they would put it in my forearm instead of my hand (which makes it much easier to move around).
My understanding from our childbirth class is that this is purely a hospital/doctor policy point so definitely ask.
Post # 6
I think its a case by case basis. My hospital and my OB are totally fine with just a heplock!
Post # 7
In the hospitals in my city, you can have clear liquids during labor (water, ginger ale, juice, etc), so as long as you’re able to stay hydrated on your own, there’s no need for IV fluids. If you’re going to get an epidural though, they’ll need to tank you up with fluids ahead of time, so you’d need to be hooked up. But as long as you’re okay with having IV access in place, I can’t imagine anyone having a problem with it.
Post # 8
Its all hospital policy. I asked my doctor if it was really necessary for me to have an IV as I wanted to move around and she said they would put the port in but not hook up the IV. Make sure you discuss this with your doctor and get it in writing as they may not be the attending when you are in labor.
Also that stuff about not being to eat and drink while in labor is a crock!! Clear with your doctor as well. They are worried about you vomiting during labor(your in a hospital so worse things have happened than a little puke) or just in case you have a c-section they want your stomach empty. Who would be able to birth a baby dehydrated and hungry? Talk to your doctor and get them to ok you eating and drinking. Ridiculous hospital policies… End rant.
Post # 9
@baletrina: Ugh. I agree- hate the stupid policies on eating/drinking. It’s all just in case you have to have a c-section and general anesthesia. Where are you delivering (I’m in Chicago too)? Prentice is 100% won’t let you have food/drink but other hospitals will let you.
Post # 10
@baletrina: @iRun2004: I threw up three times during labor. The first time was in triage waiting to be checked out while having some painful contractions. As much as I hated the ice chips only policy, it helped to keep my throat moist through the pure O2 being pumped when the baby’s heartrate would randomly drop and get back up. The O2 gave me reflux during delivery.
I got my heplock in triage (at Prentice) because my labor pains were bad. Best decision I made during labor. Since I got it while in triage, my bloodwork was run early, so by the time I made it up to the L&D floor, they could go through the process of the epidural faster. I also had GBS, so having the heplock in got me started on antibiotics right now.
I had my baby on an empty stomach 12 or so hours after being admitted. Food is the last thing on your mind at that point. Once I had my little dude, I got nauseous from an initial hormone dump. I didn’t really eat anything until a couple hours after delivery.
Post # 11
I had an epidural, pitocin and a cesarean. Afterwards they had me on antibiotics.
I was confined to my bed most of the time, they put in a foley catheter and these things around my legs that would massage me as not to get blood clots. When it came time for the nurses to show me how to clean myself down there, I dragged all that stuff with me to the bathroom. After the catheter was taken out, they put the port in for the IV and they had me walk the halls a few times. After my fever went down they took me off the IV altogether.
I also agree about the no eating and drinking rule, I threw up twice… once during labor which caused my water to break and after surgery. all over myself…nice…
Pregnancy is fun!!
Post # 12
I will ask my OB about it next week at my visit. I’m pretty sure the hospital does not have a policy against it per se because they mentioned it in their birthing class as an option (how I even know about it). I feel like, with a lot of things, it has more to do with the nurses you get than the OB since he/she isn’t even there until the pushing part. But maybe I’m wrong.
Post # 13
@iRun2004: My sister is delivered #1 and will be delivering #2 at Prentice. We debated it but we have moved futher West and one of my old student’s mom is an amazing OB/GYN so we may deliver at Rush-Copley. I have known her for years(taught her daughter for the first time at age 3 and she is 14 now!) and know she will look out for me. We are also debating using West Suburban Midwives who would deliver at West Suburban Hospital’s Birthing Center. My Darling Husband is iffy on this. I really just don’t want the pitocin-epidural-c-section route that is fairly common nowadays.
@cascadecherub: Ugh. Sorry you were puking so much during labor. With my first I had no problems with that and was STARVING for something and they kept saying no. No fun. None of my family/friends had issues vomiting either.