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March 15th, 2012, 09:07 AM
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how can I avoid constant monitoring in a hospital that requires it for VBAC patients?

It isn't so much that I just don't want to be monitored, it is that the monitors don't work on me because of all the fat I have accumulated. I can't move or breathe with them on for fear of a punchy nurse running in and proclaiming c/s - that nearly happened with my last VBAC.
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March 15th, 2012, 09:53 AM
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Hmm, I'd probably go to the hospital as late as possible and then have to go to the bathroom constantly so they'd unhook me. My hospital is fine with intermittent monitoring (just a few minutes every hour), but that's for non-VBAC patients.
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March 16th, 2012, 05:54 AM
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What's your doctor's stance on it? Usually a doctor can override any hospital policies and if he/she is ok with intermittent at least maybe until a point, then I would get it written down and signed off on.

Otherwise, I agree with PP, go to the hospital as late as possible. I know when I went in, they had to do their initial 10 minute strip and I don't even think I got that far and said I had to pee and I unhooked myself.
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March 16th, 2012, 09:16 AM
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she has already pointed out in the initial VBAC has risks speech that continuous monitoring is required, but at my next M/W appointment I am going to bring it up.
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March 16th, 2012, 06:51 PM
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Our midwives do it on a case by case basis. Policy is that they continually monitor, but it doesn't always play out that way. I agree with staying home as long as possible and take frequent/long trips to the bathroom. Try taking a belly band with you to help hold the monitors in place, the extra pressure helps a lot to get good accurate readings. Especially if you are moving around a lot in labor.

Ultimately, you can refuse anything. If at any point it becomes a problem, you can ask the nurse very nicely if she can bring you a form that states that you understand the suggested medical advice, benefits, and risks, and you'd like to sign a refusal form for continual monitoring. The Bradly Method book has some good advice on how to do that. Also, you have the right to refuse any type of procedure. Just be sure to educate yourself on benefits and risks. Your local chapter of ICAN can probably help with that.
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