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February 23rd, 2013, 08:49 AM
Join Date: Jan 2008
This varies so much depending on your region and hospital. I'd encourage you to ask your midwife all these questions in depth and make sure you have a mutual understanding and agreement.
You should have the right to refuse an IV, but they may require a heplock. That's a matter of hospital protocol. Eating and drinking is another hospital protocol, but it's becoming more common for them to let the mother eat/drink at will, or at least drink liquids. As for positions in labor and birth, that will be up to your midwife, but I would hope she would be open to it. Even with a CNM you will still have a nurse attending to you, especially in the case of your midwife caring for multiple patients. In my experience as a doula, the CNM does all the vaginal exams and checks in on you from time to time to see how you are doing.
congratulations on your pregnancy! I hope you find a care provider whom you and your husband are both comfortable with!
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