K I wasn't sure, because I've had an IV before too but I didn't realize how it really worked until later, when I started working at a hospital. Anyway, it stays in the whole time.Iris - I know how it works. I've had an IV before. I think of the tube and needle as the same thing. It's the object in my arm that matters more to me than the needle itself. What I want to know is, how long do they keep it in your arm (the whole business)? Because I was under the impression that they kept the tube in the whole time. No nevermind, I don't want to know. Talking about this is making me ill! Things affect different people in different ways. I hate hospitals and a hospital birth does not appeal to me at all, personally - I don't think of birth as a surgical procedure, and having a baby outside of the hospital setting just sounds more natural. If I can have my doctor/OBGYN there, and keep in mind that I will be taken to the hospital if need be, I'll feel much more comfortable.
WJ - Thanks, that show sounds really cool! I'm going to check it out.
I plan on refusing an IV when I have a baby (unless it's medically needed) and I would love to have a home birth too, so I know where you're coming from!