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Old 12-26-2011, 12:03 PM   #91
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My last birth was a water birth and it was my first natural birth and I loved it. I would love to do it again but it may not be possible this next time.


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Old 12-27-2011, 01:18 PM   #92
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So this thread got me to thinking quite a bit about water birth. DH and I talked and we are going to try for a water birth this time around. We use a mw at the local hossie, that I LOVE! This hossie is so natural birth friendly, they are very accomodating to your birth plan, regardless of what it is. There are large laboring tubs in every room, however, there is one very large room that is designated for pre-planned water births, so we'll be requesting that when we see our mw later this week.

I have labored in the tub with all my pg's and have transitioned in the water. My biggest concern is that once I hit transition I start overheating and feeling very nauteous so I wind up getting out and delivering in bed. I'm hoping I can work through that this time. The transition for the lo seems so much more peaceful.
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Old 12-29-2011, 05:55 AM   #93
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Re: Water birth- Why you did/Why you won't

Why I did it (for my first birth - she's now 5.5 months old):

1. I wanted a birth without pain meds, and people seemed to think that the water helped alleviate the pain. My experience is that it didn't help a ton, but it was nice to have access to a variety of positions and move however felt comfortable at the moment.

2. Our local hospital has two beautiful water birthing tubs, and nearly all the docs and midwifes in the practice I use were comfortable with waterbirths. So it was feasible to do, without driving to a hospital a half-hour away (at best) and switching practices. I was not interested in a home birth. (My mother had a full-term still birth, which - though it had absolutely no bearing on my pregnancy and birth - made me very nervous.)

I'd definitely do it again.
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Old 12-29-2011, 08:24 AM   #94
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I used the tub for transition and the birth. Looking back, I wish I had gotten out of the tub and into my bed for the actual birth ... we were having decels and I had to get her out quickly! My MW let me change positions once and we found that on my back was best for baby - well.... that's hard to do in a tub! I was floating or going under - I wanted my DH to catch, but he had to stay behind me and hold me up.

For labor, it was my life saver! I had back ctx and HAD to have something warm on my back. My SILs and moms would pour warm water over my back while I labored on hands and knees. Or I floated on my back. I don't remember the majority of the beginning of labor. I know I went outside for some of it, but it was a little chilly so I came back inside. I laid on the bed for some. Didn't use my birth ball... must have forgotten about it!
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