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Old 10-31-2011, 06:31 PM   #23
epiclesis
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Re: If you planned a water birth...poll!

Had an unplanned waterbirth with #1. Got a pool, set it up in case I wanted to labor in it, didn't like the sounds of birthing in it. Got in to labor, and never got out. Decreased the intensity of contractions and birthing wasn't too bad. (Birthed baby on my side)

Again, unplanned with #2. Didn't nix the idea as much as I had with the first, but wasn't definite if I was going to birth in it. Got in when ctx were about 2 minutes apart (though, they were that way for a good 6 hours), and it decreased intensity for awhile and felt good. My husband supported me from the outside however I wanted, but it was really just holding my hands during contractions.
I wound up birthing second baby on my knees with my elbows and forearm supported on a stool outside of the pool and my husband behind the stool holding my hands through the pushing.
First baby I pushed for about an hour and a half, second baby was waters breaking to birth - less than 10 minutes.


I'm definitely open to the idea next time too, we'll just see how it goes.
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