I just saw a birth in a normal sized bathtub on you tube and wondered if anyone here has ever done that. I just had a bath and found my knees hurt in there very quickly. What could i put on the floor of the bathtub to make it more comfortable?
Birth in bathtub?
They sell cushy bath mats at bed bath and beyond. if not, maybe a few bath pillows with the suction cups would work for knee support.
You know, I had been searching high and low for a good bath cushion too, but I wonder-- would clean rolled up towels be okay for kneeling? I wondered about how that would affect the environment of the bathtub, but then, lots of women get in with swim tops on, which is not so different, especially if you have a clean-rinsing detergent.. what do you guys think?
I used rolled up towels in the tub for my postpartum baths, and I think it would work well for labor.
I used a thick rolled up closed-cell camping mat in our soaker tub. I opted to be in a semi-sitting position in there in the end although I had considered hands and knees this time around. I labored mostly on hands & knees with a birthing ball (doorway to support my spreading legs...no pain there then), with a foam puzzle mat beneath my knees and against the doorway. I got in for the last push (or two VERY close together, I think). Good thing that I got in when I did!
I should add that we aired out the mat beforehand outdoors and disinfected it with a lot of rinsing done after disinfecting.
A note on the chlorine aspect of tap water, if you add a ground capsule of vit. C, it will neutralize it within a short period of time. I appreciated that tidbit. I could not imagine the sting that could have on a newborn's eyes, esp. if they had just added a pool-sized dose like they tend to do sometimes in our neck of the woods...er...boonies.