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Old 08-29-2009, 12:03 PM   #1
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Water birth question

Ok, so it's spin-off of the other thread..but I didn't want to hijack it from her

This is my third baby. With DS1, I had an OB at a hospital. Ended up getting induced because of high blood pressure about 3 weeks early. The induction caused other complications.

DS2, I had a midwife at the hospital, and they felt my labor wasn't "progressing" as fast as they liked, they pretty much forced pitocin on me, which I did not want, but they didn't listen.

So THIS time, I'm going with a midwife at a birth center, and she is VERY naturally minded.. instead of inductions, she gives her over-du patients herbal blends.

So, she has the big tub for water births. I just want to know if anyone can compare the difference between a water birth and a non-water birth. Is it really that much more comfortable?

My two main reasons for picking a birthing center are 1.I'm more likely to be left alone to be natural, which is what I want. And 2. The water birth.

So I would just like to hear opinions from moms who have done water birth, and any comparisons between water/non-water births.

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Old 08-29-2009, 12:10 PM   #2
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Re: Water birth question

I had a water birth last month. IT happened so fast that the pool did not have time to fill up enough. It did decrease the pain when I got in and I feel it helped with the pain of ds actually coming out. I did not notice the ring of fire like the other 2.
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I've had two non-water births in hospital and one home water birth, and I will absolutely have a pool again if we have another baby. During labour with DD2, getting into the pool when I just couldn't get comfortable between contractions was wonderful. It sort of reset my brain a little and I was able to mellow out and ride out late labour and trasition.

Also, the recovery after my water birth was by far the easiest recovery I've had, and it was a breech birth to boot! My first two births I had lots of swelling and tore enough that I needed stitches, and then with the water birth I had some mild swelling and no tearing.
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Thanks ladies! Keep 'em comming!

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I wont ever have a baby outside of the water again!
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I have not had a water birth, but used the birth tub for labor with 2 of my births. I had the Aquadoula for my DD, and WOW, it really helped! I ordered the tub again for DS1, but he came before the tub arrived! I wished I had the birth tub with him, but had to use my own bath tub... not the same!
With DS2 I used the Birth Tub in a Box (had it shipped to me early), and it helped me a lot in labor. So, if we ever have another LO, I would most make sure I had a birth tub ready to go! They are magic!
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WATER BIRTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 100%
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So THIS time, I'm going with a midwife at a birth center, and she is VERY naturally minded.. instead of inductions, she gives her over-du patients herbal blends.
I'm sorry but I have to chime in here about "natural inductions" using herbal tinctures.

I pressume she using B&B cohosh. It is known for causing a drop in maternal BP and increase in FHT's.

I just attended a birth (HBAC) where the MW induced labor with an herbal tincture. It ended in a transfer and repeat c/s under general anest. :O( I'm beyond convinced that the "natural induction" lead to the section that could've been prevented.

Does she have to induce merely because you are 42wks? Does her backup dictate this? I would find out how often she induces with tinctures and out of those herbal inductions what the outcome is.

I don't want to rain on your parade, honest. I just want to caution you about herbs used to induce labor. Just because they are natural doesn't mean it's safe.

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I had an epi birth with DS and a 100% natural no IV/nothing waterbirth with DD.

Our hospital only has ONE room with a birthing tub and I am SO glad I got that room with DD. I used hypnobirthing and the water and I was seriously fine until my water broke about 2 minutes before she was born.

If I ever end up with another thats how I plan on going!
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