I am a 30 year old woman pregnant with my first child. I am currently 29 weeks pregnant, and have read and studied your book, "The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth," as it has always been my intention to have a completely natural, drug-free birth. I am also attending Bradley Birth classes with my husband, and attend a midwife-led childbirth education class twice a month. However, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes at about 20 weeks, and have been on insulin almost two months. My sugars are well regulated and my baby is perfectly healthy.
Last week I went to my regular OB appointment, only to be told that their policy for GD women in labor is NPO (not even water), and a continuous IV drip of alternating glucose and insulin to regulate my blood sugar and prevent hypoglycemia in the baby postpartum. I am so upset about this because, first and foremost, it makes no sense! I am perfectly willing to allow them to check my sugar as often as they like, but believe that I am perfectly capable of regulating it without the IV if they will allow me to do so with oral intake.
My question is this: Do you have any research you can refer me to regarding women with GD and natural childbirth? I need to know at this point if I can convince my hospital to allow me the birth that I want, or if I need to find an alternative setting for my birth. Unfortunately, I am in Georgia and there are no free-standing birth centers in the entire state -- the closest is in Tennessee.
Thank you so much for any advice or information you can provide.