My husband informed me that he is concerned about the floor of our apartment being able to hold the weight of a filled birth tub. So... I'm really scared that this means no water birth for me. Honestly, the water helped so much with our youngest that I really hate the idea of not having another water birth. Especially if this one weighs as much as our youngest (10 lb 13 oz).
If your floor is sort of bouncy he may be right. But most floors are built stronger than they need to be. A floor that is engineered just to support typical furniture and people weight would be very bouncy, which most people find unpleasant, so they are typically are designed stronger to minimize floor movement (bounce). You could have a house inspector of some sort or a contractor come check it out.
A birth center would also be a possibility, but I think the only one in Indiana now is in Goshen. There was one in Indianapolis, but I think it closed... I could be wrong. Some midwives will deliver in their own homes as well.
Imagine a 100 lb. person standing on your hand in flat sneakers. Now imagine that person standing on your hand in a high heel. That heel is going to hurt and feel "heavier" even though it's the same weight, just distributed through a smaller point.
A birthing tub, even though heavy, is going to be spread out and the weight will be distributed over the whole area.
I would think it would only be an issue if there was some serious termite or other kind of damage. If he's worried, though, having someone come inspect is a good idea.
Do you have a bathtub? If so, let him know how many gallons your bathtub holds and that the floor holds that up just fine. Also, you could think of a piece of furniture that is heavy. If you are using 100 gallons of water, that's 800 lbs. Would he let four big dudes stand in one room?
love this analogy! Unless you KNOW you have "weak" spots in your floor, such as sagging areas or soft spots under the hard wood, you should be fine.