Elaine - posted on 05/12/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )
I am due in a little less than six weeks with my first, and am starting to get really scared. Some background: My goal is a natural birth with no pitocin, no epidural, no drugs, etc... I'm having a hospital birth, though, and there are no midwives in my area that can deliver at the hospital I'm going to, so I'm going to have to use a doctor. I've been to two different offices so far, and am probably going to switch one more time because I feel like the doctors at the current office aren't listening to me. I haven't been able to find any doctor who seems supportive of a natural birth. Fortunately, my husband and my mother are behind me on this 100%, so I know I'll have a good support system.
But here's the thing that has me really scared now, and what I really want more information on: At my last appointment a week ago, the current doctor told me that because I tested positive for Group B Strep in my urine back in November, they would automatically treat me with IV antibiotics at delivery. My old doctor told me when it tested positive that it was too early for the test to mean anything and I shouldn't worry about it yet. I've been doing research and I realize that this could be extremely serious for the baby, so I know that I have to do what's best for her. But, I worry about the IV. For one thing, I have a serious fear of needles, so the IV itself terrifies me. But, I know I can just suck it up and deal with it if I have to. But I worry that having to spend my labor hooked up to an IV will make it more difficult to have a natural birth. For one thing, it feels like a loss of control, like it would be easier for them to give me pitocin or something like that without me knowing about it. I also worry about a loss of mobility. I feel like I need to be free to change positions and move around to help cope with the contractions. And I want to have the option of getting in the shower (no tubs at the hospital, unfortunately), in case the warm water makes it easier to handle. I also have issues with the idea of the antibiotics in general because I really don't believe in preventative antibiotics. And, I was hoping to labor at home for as long as possible to reduce the amount of interventions (which is actually what one doctor recommended). But they say the antibiotics should be given as soon as you go into labor, which would mean a more time laboring at the hospital instead of in the comfort of my own home.
So here's my questions: Has anyone else had the antibiotics and still had a natural birth? Does the IV actually have to be hooked up the entire time I'm there, or can they just give me the antibiotics then unhook it so I can move around as I want to? Does anyone know of any other options? I was just nervous about labor until this came up, but now I'm really scared. So any information or personal experience that anyone has would be greatly appreciated!