Quoting Raptor Jesus (TTC):" Or you could just say no to the pitocin/IVs and be able to lay in bed/eat/labor naturally =) Of course ... [snip!] ... no hospital can force you into taking meds to speed labor up just 'cause you show up and are in the early stages of labor."
They wouldnt let me eat because its the general rule, not because of the meds. I didnt start those until id been there for about ten hours, and they said my doc said too. I worried that my insurance put me on a time limit or something. And i laid in bed because of sciatica, not because of meds (though i had to after epidural four hours before i had her, 26 hour labor) but i definitely will be waiting a long time with this one.