This will be my 7th birth (2 natural hospital, 2 great homebirths w/ midwife, 1 perfect UC! and 1 eleven week miscarriage UC)
So, we had a huge 80 gal whirlpool bath tub for our perfect UC, but we have now moved across country and planning our next UC now.
I really want a water birth again! Loved it!
So, here's my options.
1. buy a birth pool--I'm a not sold on the idea due to clean up afterwards. My husband is very supportive of UC, but gets queasy at cleaning up blood, etc... So, that leaves work for me after I birth which I don't want. He's willing to help, but the gagging gets to me. He has a really sensitive stomach.
2. Hot Tub (outside)---We live in small time and neighbors are not really close to us, so i 'm not too concerned about the lack of privacy. I'd love to birth outside in the summer under the stars, but I can't find any info on birthing in a hot tub. Like obvious I wouldn't use chemicals to keep the water clean. Seems like I've heard peroxide/salts can keep water clean for up to two days? I need more info about birthing in a hot tub before I make that decision. Also, we would be taking a chance on it not be ready in time. I have gone over my edd 10-14 days with every pregnancy and my last baby was born at 44 weeks. So, I have a huge window to prepare for.
The hot tub is really my 1st choice. Easy clean up (drain, refill and let the chemicals and filter do the rest).
So, does anyone have any advice/thoughts/info/links about birthing in a hot tub outside? Any thoughts are very much appreciated!