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post #21 of 48

#1 - in my bedroom in the birth pool.  #2 - In the kitchen in the birth pool, #3 -#5 in my bedroom in the bed, #6 in my bathroom in the birth pool.  #3-#5 I did not plan to birth in my bed.  I planned water births.  But they just did not happen.  With #3 I was in my bed and just had to suddenly push and couldn't move (my pushing stages usually is only about 5 min so no time to move).  #4, the only place I was comfortable during labor was sitting in a specific chair.  My legs hurt too much on my knees or straight out while laying down.  So I sat in the chair until it was time to push.  I asked my mw how I was gonna deliver, I would sit on my babies head lol.  So she just told me to lay on the bed.  #5 just kinda happened that way.  I was getting ready to lay on the bed so my mw could massage my feet and legs and when I stood up from the birth ball dh commented that I was having stage 2 mucous.  So I laid on the bed and got my legs massaged while I breathed the baby down.  So while it was not what I had planned it was what was right for those births.

post #22 of 48

I planned a birth center birth and ended up delivering at home (changed plans during long labor).  We had no birth tub, our bath tub is standard small size, and we have carpet everywhere.  I pretty much stayed in my bedroom and bathroom the last 10 hours of labor, and pushed and delivered on the bed (pushed in various positions, del on hands and knees).

 

Next time, if we're in the same house, I'd seriously consider having a birth pool at least to labor in (water worked wonders for my contraction pain).  I'd probably still deliver in my bedroom bc it is my space, the bathroom is insdie the bedroom, and it feels very private to me.

post #23 of 48

I really appreciate reading everyone else's experiences. Seems like quite a few birthed on hands and knees. I did, too, in the tub. Unfortunately, the tub wasn't quite full enough so my MW had to keep her hand on my bum to keep it down below the water. This time I'm really thinking I'd like to try it lying on my side. I saw a birth that way and it was so peaceful and looked so easy (Ha!, right?). My mom also told me I seemed a lot more relaxed for the short time I was lying in my bed on my side compared to when I was in the tub. Of course, that was early labor so it seems pretty obvious that I would be more relaxed.

post #24 of 48
Thread Starter 

this thread has been great!! thank you so much, everyone, for your responses.

 

i think i'll still plan on putting the birth tub in the baby's room, but i think i will also set up my bed as a birth bed....good to think about the different options.

post #25 of 48
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I spent my entire labor and birth in my bedroom and attached master bath.  I labored in the shower (most of the overall time), on the toilet, and ultimately gave birth on my bed. 

 

I ended up not leaving my room for nearly 2 days between going to sleep one night, waking up in labor, having the baby, and post birth baby time.  I didn't realize just how cozy I felt in there until it came right down to it.  When I finally left my bedroom the rest of the house seemed like I'd been away from it for a long time, like I'd been on vacation for a week or something.  It was all very interesting.


I am much like this, preferring to stay in our "birthing suite" as I like to call our master bedroom and bathroom. It is just so comfy to me, and when I finally do emerge with baby, I also have that vacation feeling. Our last two babies have been born on our bathroom floor, in the exact same spot. Love those memories! The time before that was in a different home, still in our MBedroom, though. It was another wonderful experience!

post #26 of 48
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My first was on my bed, and my second was squatting on the floor next to my bed. I had a great big birth tub for my second, and it was fabulous for early active labor, but once I hit transition I couldn't stand the floaty feeling! I spent a lot of time holed up in the bathroom by myself with both labors, but ended up in my bedroom for comfort. I have a distinct memory from my second labor of curling up on my tiny bathmat, praying for just a five minute break!  



I did the same thing in the bathroom right before it was time to push! I wanted to keep moving around for most of my labor, and for some reason I wanted to be bent over something when a rush would come on. Very early in labor it was a chair in my living room that I was going to use as my breastfeeding chair. I pulled the cushions off my couch and stacked some of them in front of the chair and then held onto one like a giant pillow on my knees bent over the seat of the chair. Then I moved to the birthing ball in the middle of the room and roll around on it with the MW and DH sitting with me...I wanted to talk through everything at that point, but when it started to get heavy, I secluded myself in the bathroom. My poor Mother was trying to comfort me by rubbing my back, and even though she was being gentle it felt her hands were steam rollers and I had to ask her to please stop and leave me alone. So there I was alone in the bathroom, now bent over the sink with my head down, running cold water over my hands. About 10 minutes prior to pushing I was in bed, but all the way up at the top, folded over and hanging onto the headboard....where my water finally broke. I believe my only comment was "oh wet wet mess." The next 20 minutes of pushing is basically a blur....all I remember is being SO HOT....

 

Our new home is one story, with both bathrooms located at the opposite ends of the house. Our bedroom, which is that largest room in the house and also services as the "family room" is right in the middle of the house, just off the kitchen. So I plan on setting the tub up in the kitchen (less than 10 feet from the bed) and setting all the supplies up between the two rooms. The MW who delivered my daughter told me a story about showing uo for a birth and the mama to be had chosen Twister boards as her protective plastic sheeting....Right hand green!

post #27 of 48

Always in birth tub, in my room or bathroom

post #28 of 48

I've been wondering the same thing.  I like the idea of privacy during delivery, but I'm pretty sure that if we put the birthing tub in my bedroom people would have to climb on my bed to get around...we'll see what happens. Thankfully my living room is in the back of the house if we end up having to set up the birthing tub there.

post #29 of 48

hands & knees on the bedroom flloor (right in front of the bathroom door)  - my bed was torture for me (too soft and hard to move around), i wanted to get out of the bath tub to push because i needed more room and i wanted the firm grounded feeling of the floor.. (carpet)  i had guessed i would be next to the bed as i couldn't picture myself ON the bed or int he bathroom and that was really the only other spot ..  i also liked the cozy feelng of being in the bedroom .. i decided against having  a tub because i knew i wouldn't be comfortable in the living room where it would have to be..

post #30 of 48

I've had 3 homebirths.

 

First one was in the blow up pool in our family room.

 

Second one (in a different house) was in a blow up pool in the guest room.

 

Third one (same house as second) was again in a blow up pool in our bedroom.

post #31 of 48

we have a large bedroom, so we had the birth tub set up in the bedroom.  I did birth my DS in the birthtub, but I was laboring all over the upstairs of the house.  I have a good friend who had the birth tub set up, but ended up birthing by the front door right next to where all the shoes were piled.  I think it is good to have a loose plan in your head, where you want to set up a tub if you are using one... but also be flexible to just be where ever you end up!

 

best.

post #32 of 48

One of the great things about home birth is that you can move around as much as you like. My clients usually move through the house quite a bit as labor progresses.  I try to guess where I think they might actually birth and set my equipment up there, but I frequently grab my stuff and move it.  Sometimes I move it several times before she finally settles on her favorite spot!  There are no rules, and you can birth anywhere you want to. I would say to not worry about it ahead of time, and just let your instinct guide you in the moment.

 

Best of luck, and I hope you have an amazing and lovely birth!

 

Sommer

post #33 of 48

I didn't think about it ahead of time. I just went with the flow and had chux pads and towels available. I ended up giving birth in my living room.

post #34 of 48

Master Bedroom

 

It had room for the tub and is across the hall from the only bathroom in the house.  It made for a nice little birthing room though because I could have really low light, my music all set up, and could use either the bed or the tub as I wanted.

post #35 of 48

1st birth was on a birthing stool in the living room, after laboring almost the entire time in the birthing tub -- like some of the other mamas, when it was almost time to push I H A D to get out of the water and on to solid ground. I liked the birthing stool because it felt like I was on the toilet, another thing some of the mamas mentioned. The squatting feeling felt good because pushing to me felt like a huge poo trying to come out lol

 

This time I keep having visions of laboring/birthing alone (or with dh) in our front bathroom, because it's small and windowless and feels really safe and private, almost like a cave-like setting (in a good way). That may change though whilst in the moment, so I'm just going with how I feel at the time.

post #36 of 48
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1st birth was on a birthing stool in the living room, after laboring almost the entire time in the birthing tub -- like some of the other mamas, when it was almost time to push I H A D to get out of the water and on to solid ground. I liked the birthing stool because it felt like I was on the toilet, another thing some of the mamas mentioned. The squatting feeling felt good because pushing to me felt like a huge poo trying to come out lol

 

This time I keep having visions of laboring/birthing alone (or with dh) in our front bathroom, because it's small and windowless and feels really safe and private, almost like a cave-like setting (in a good way). That may change though whilst in the moment, so I'm just going with how I feel at the time.



So funny....the only specific "what does it feel like to give birth" answer that I ever received prior to having my daughter was from my ex-SIL who in her very own straightforward way told me "It's like you are taking the biggest poo of your life!" At the time I was thought she was just trying to be funny, and then after the birth I said to my husband...."you know she was right!"

post #37 of 48

First 4 babies were born on my bed. The 5th I was kneeling next to the bed. The 6th came so much quicker than expected that he was born on the bathroom floor. I actually found I spent most of my time in the bathroom, either the tub, shower or toilet. Or just standing by the counter. I could actually make it to the bedroom the first 5 but not with the last.

post #38 of 48

Birth tub in my kitchen/breakfast nook.  :D  We moved the table out...

post #39 of 48

First time was in the birthing pool in my tiny 11x11 ft bedrrom. The pool was literally wedged inbetween the wall and the end of my queen bed. lol. 2nd time we had the same set up with pool and bed, but due to meconium MW had me climb out of the pool onto the bed to finishing birthing on the bed.

post #40 of 48

Another master bedroom birth here - I labored in my kitchen for awhile amongst my DD and my parents...and because I was FAMISHED and wanted to stuff my face : ) When things heated up I went up to our bedroom which was prepared; we had the bed covered in white cheap sheets (with plastic underneath) and the floor (carpet, WHITE carpet eeeeh) was covered in towels/plastic (no blood or mess on anything!) and we have a bathroom with tub/shower off bathroom. I labored on the bed/on all fours/in shower until I finally gave birth on the said white rug. But it was lovely, and yes very cozy to have that room as my "birth center" with everything I needed right there 

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