I'm brand new to the forum, and am newly pregnant for the first time (7 weeks).
I'm doing some research at which hospital I want to birth at, and was wondering if anyone could help with my decision.
I have a severe needle phobia and have horrible panic attacks associated with this. I realise that I'm not going to be able to avoid needles altogether, but I'm looking for a hospital/OB that is going to be sympathetic to this and respect my wishes to try other pain relief methods and avoid unnecessary intervention. I need to feel in control and supported and not like I'm going to be steamrolled or get given a sneaky needle. I'd love to have a bath in my room, so that's something else to consider.
We have private cover, but I'm happy to go public if that's going to be a better option.
Has anyone else experienced this, and can recommend a hospital or OB that sounds like they might fit?