Unfortunately as a doula in the past, I've not only experienced many water laboring and births, but I'm always the one cleaning it up too! And it's really made me bitter against water births tbh. Not the actual birthing in it part, that seems to be lovely. But when you UC, who will be cleaning up your water birth stuff? I could say my dh. And that seems so likely, but at the same time I know me.
First, I don't want that sitting in my space for however long until we get to it. I will get anxious and annoyed and prob. jump up and start doing it. Second, after my past two labors, I felt amazing and I was the one cleaning up, just by sheer amount of energy I had. I also think part of that is the control freak in me. But everything pretty much just went into a trash bag and there wasn't much clean up either time since I labored and delivered over toilet.
Part of me really wants to try this amazing laboring, possibly delivering technique. It has looked wonderful each time I've seen it with other Moms. This is my last child, so there's a part of me that wants to make sure I've experienced all that I can in birth. (aside from going into the forest by myself and being one with nature and birthing that way. Which if I could make that happen, I totally would!)
But truly the idea of the clean up. It has never been short of a complete and utterly fantastic hassle to clean up a birthing pool. The siphen doesn't work, the inner part of the pool filled up with water. It's taken me hours to clean it up at other births. I'm seriously bitter at the idea. I came to DREAD when a mom would say "water birth please!"
What are your plans for post birthing and clean up of the water and pool? Help me feel positive about this, b/c part of me really wants to try this time!