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Old 09-18-2012, 05:35 PM   #17
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Re: Water birth tips

Originally Posted by kansasgirl View Post
Well my plans have changed a bit since I originally posted. During my routine checkup last week with my doctor, I started asking her some more detailed questions about how exactly the birth scenario would go. She then tells me that she doesn't actually do water BIRTHS. I can labor in the water as long as I want but when it comes time for the birth, I have to get out and deliver on the table. I'm extremely disappointed as I have made it known from my first appointment that my goal was a water birth. I'm even driving over an hour to see this doctor for the sole reason that the hospital had a birthing tub and I wanted to do a water birth. There are hospitals in the town I live in that I could have gone to but they don't have birthing tubs, so I chose to go out of my way. I still plan to see it through as I know that laboring in the tub will be better than no tub at all but I am still very disappointed.
I am so sorry this happened to you. This is pretty much what happened to me except it was the hospital that said I couldn't deliver in the tub. My doctor was otherwise supportive. I ended up switching to a home birth at the last minute. If you have no other options, then I think you will still benefit from laboring in the tub. I know it helped me immensely, but I sincerely understand your disappointment. I'm kind of with the PP, can they make you get out? I mean, what if your labor progresses so fast that you don't have time to get out?
M & G proud parents of Lae Lae 4/2005 traditional hospital birth, E E ! amazing home water birth 11/2009, Baby Girl another home water birth 9/2012

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