I'm an RN at a teaching hospital that delivers approx 2200-2300 babies per year. I'm doing a little research for our Nurse Practice Council for an issue that people have been having.
Our hospital has waterbirths for several years, and many women take advantage of this wonderful opportunity! So far, no has perfected a system at protecting ourselves from getting wet while helping to catch babies in the tub. (The name escapes me, but our tub is a big hard plastic permanently placed tub with 3 removable/sealable access doors) We wear scrubs and have full arm length plastic gloves, but we don't have a fail proof system. Some midwives have tried the long gloves under the "impervious" disposable blue gowns, with the sterile gloves over, but still end up wet on their arms & scrub top underneath. We all know that the tub water is contaminated with blood and bodily fluids, and we don't feel like we are able to practice universal precautions if we are always getting wet during waterbirths. A lot of our residents are learning to not like waterbirths because of this. So what are people out there doing that works? What brands of PPE/system are people finding reliable?
And one more question about how people practice...do you have moms deliver the placenta in tub or get into bed? Why/why not?