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September 2nd, 2013, 12:48 PM
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I cannot imagine laboring with an IV. My midwives almost gave me one during my labor because I was super dehydrated but I managed to keep chugging water.

As far as pitocin goes, I didn't have it or need it after labor. My bleeding was fine even though it took an hour to deliver my placenta. I believe it should be given on a case by case situation but I know this is not how most hospitals do it. I believe it's pretty standard. I would ask your OB if they can only do it if necessary and maybe get your consent?
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