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post #21 of 38
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I'm 5'8" so, my regular bath tub would be rather useless. LOL 

I can't imagine moving anywhere with a crowning baby. I remember they tried to convince me to turn over on my back in Romania while baby was crowning and I told them it was impossible and no way. LOL 

I think I'll drop my midwife an email about what kind of birth pool she has available for use. 

post #22 of 38
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The one she's offering for use would be the "la bassine 100 gallon tub."

post #23 of 38

I had a water birth with #1 in the hospital, and it was pretty unpleasant for me. I thought it would be soooo great, especially because my whole pregancy I just had this insane craving for hot tubs! lol So I was pumped for my waterbirth. But then when it actually happened, I wasn't allowed to have the water any hotter than 98 degrees, because it's not safe for the baby to be in water any hotter than that. Well, body temperature water is really not pleasant. Since it doesn't warm you up, any part of you that gets wet and then sticks out of the water will just feel cold. It was very distracting to me to be so uncomfortable just sitting there in body temperature water. Yuck! My dry birth with #2 was infinitely better. 

Oh yeah, and I bled a lot with #1 so after she came out I was literally sitting in a tub full of blood. Red opaque water. Pretty gross. Not to mention the poop thing. I was lucky I didn't poop, but if it happens, the water is instantly contaminated, even if someone scoops it out. That opens the baby up to infection and lots of bad things. 

 

Water birth=totally overrated in my book!

post #24 of 38

I labored for hours in a la bassine tub w/ #1, but got out because pushing wasn't very effective.  Gave birth on the birth stool.  My second was born in the tub, but I only  got to labor in it for an hour or two because I was going fast and there was a little trouble setting the tub up. 

 

The biggest benefit of the tub for me was the buoyancy, all that water took away that heavy, awkward late-pregnancy feeling and let me easily move into whatever position worked for that particular contraction.  I moved a lot during my first labor.  Things were pretty intense by the time it was ready during my second labor so I found a good position (kneeling with my legs wide apart, leaning onto the side of the tub) and just parked there until the baby came out.  I was able to let my belly/pelvis just float freely in that position, which was great to be able to relax all the muscles in my back and belly. 

 

The body temp water didn't bother me at all.  My first was born in late July and we had no a/c.  I was able to keep a comfortable temperature with the water evaporating off me (and some occasional fanning and cool wash cloths).  With my second I had a huge hot flash during transition, my mom was pouring ice cold water down my back, dh said my skin felt freezing to touch, and I was still complaining of feeling SO hot.  I wouldn't have wanted the water any warmer. 

 

Also, I found the sensation of the water being poured down my back very distracting from the pain.  It only happened because of the hot flash, but next time I  plan to remind my team that I found it really helpful. 

 

I liked the la bassine.  It has handles on the inside if you need to grab onto something, and the walls and bottom are inflated, making it very comfortable to kneel on and lean against.  The liner fits very snugly against the tub and around the handles. 
 

post #25 of 38

I loved laboring in the tub, but I got out for pushing. Mainly because I felt like I had no leverage in there (I'm short, <5 feet)

post #26 of 38
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Originally Posted by Amy Lachney View Post


Oh yeah, and I bled a lot with #1 so after she came out I was literally sitting in a tub full of blood. Red opaque water. Pretty gross. Not to mention the poop thing. I was lucky I didn't poop, but if it happens, the water is instantly contaminated, even if someone scoops it out. That opens the baby up to infection and lots of bad things. 

 

 

Just commenting because there was another thread on this very recently.  Apparently it is not a concern if there is some poop in the tub.  Here is the thread, and here is the study noted in the thread.

 

The conclusion: "CONCLUSIONS: Results suggest clear medical advantages of water birthing: significantly shorter labor duration among the primiparae; a net reduction in episiotomy rates; and a marked drop in requests for pain relievers. During expulsion of the fetus at delivery, fecal matter is released into the birth pool water, contaminating it with micro-organisms. Despite this, water birthing was found to be safe for the neonate and did not carry a higher risk of neonatal infection when compared with conventional vaginal delivery."

post #27 of 38
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I'm going to buy the needed supplies to borrow her pool - liner, hose, and fishy net. The person who suggested the form fitted - made for the la bassine liner was nice because it fit snug over it convinced me to spend the extra 20 dollars for the one made for it rather than the generic. Maybe I'll like the water, if I don't, well, at least I gave it a try. :)

I am loving all these responses to how people liked it either way. As long as anyone wants to, feel free to keep adding on. I know I'm not the only one curious about people's experiences on this. I'll keep on reading. 

post #28 of 38
When I was pregnant with my first and read about water birth that was all I wanted. I'm a Pisces. I've always loved the water. It brings me peace. I always retreat to the water when I'm sick, it seems like the only thing to do! I had/have severe menstrual cramps and the only thing to make them stop is submerging in water. Even if I'm suffering from food poisioning the only place I can be is the tub. That being said obviously the only place I would want to give birth is in the water.

I had a horrific hospital birth with my first. I was promised I could labor in the tub, however I didn't get a room with a tub. Those rooms were filled up with moms laid up in bed with epidurals. I showered but I can't say showering ever helped me in the past and it certainly didn't help then.

With baby 2 I went to a birth center and had my water birth. I was 10cm when I got there and I can't begin to tell you how wonderful that water felt. The birth was so much easier. I did not have the pain, the ring of fire, nothing.

Baby 3 was at home in my birthing pool. He came fast and furious. It was a different kind of labor with no breaks but I was happy I was in the water. Again I didn't have the ring of fire or pain when he came out.

I think it's personal. I have heard moms say they couldn't stand being in the water. I've heard moms say they really enjoyed it while laboring but did not want to stay in for pushing. Do you like bathes? Do they relax you? It doesn't hurt to have the pool there you may not know that it will be something you like or don't like until your in the middle of labor.
post #29 of 38
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I think it's personal. I have heard moms say they couldn't stand being in the water. I've heard moms say they really enjoyed it while laboring but did not want to stay in for pushing. Do you like bathes? Do they relax you? It doesn't hurt to have the pool there you may not know that it will be something you like or don't like until your in the middle of labor.

 

I don't take baths, but if I had a bigger, nicer tub, I probably would on occasion. I'm too tall for the average size tub I have to feel comfortable. I do like going swimming/floating. LOL 

I also figure it would be smart to at least have it there as an option. If it does end up giving me relief, excellent, if not, well, no biggie. 

post #30 of 38
I had my firstborn in a hospital, no meds, but in your standard bed, legs up... Not my preference, but tho they talk a good game, you don't always get get to choose labor and delivery positions at the hospital. (thankfully I was fully dilated when I arrived and baby girl came about an hour later, so no huge complaints.)
But, moved to a different state about midway through pregnancy #2 & decided to have a midwife and deliver in a free standing birthing center, which was awesome! They had the birthing tub there, but I was on the fence about whether or not I would use it. All I could think about was getting in too early and ending up all prune-y. Certainly was not planning to give birth in it... But once you're in, it's hard to imagine getting back out, at least for me. I was already in transition when I got into the tub, and it was lovely. my midwife had a plastic birthing stool which I used in the tub, and that was very helpful. I ended up delivering in the tub , but on my knees, leaning up against the wall of the tub. My son was 9 lbs. 12Oz. Don't remember the circumference of his head, but his hand was up next to his head (thanks son!) so I won't say it didn't hurt, but I definitely think the water helped, and it really was a beautiful experience. We're done, but if we were to have another, I'd totally go that route again.
post #31 of 38
I'm pretty sure I have the tub your midwife is going to lend you. I don't remember it's packed away in the garage but I did buy the special liner for it.

I had it blown up and ready. Mine even has a cover to keep the water warm. We ran a hose from the utility sink to fill it. Here is where it gets complicated. When I went to get in the water was cold. Our water heater had run out of hot water and my DH was pumping cold water into it. I told him get all the biggest pots we have and start boiling! And microwaving! I went back to laboring on the toilet. I was very comfortable there to that point and was able to pass all my pee and poop during contractions freely. I got back in while the water was cold I couldn't wait. Then we had an assembly line of hot water being dumped in. All I could manage to say was enough. Meaning the water was too hot but DH figured I had enough water in the tub. I DIDN'T!

So my one complaint for the two water births I've had is that I didn't have enough water either time. My midwife didn't fill the birthing tub enough with baby 2 and DH didn't understand I just didnt't wanted more hot water (he was cooking me!) but still wanted more water!

I pooped in the tub with baby 2. They scooped it out no biggie. That midwife was very paranoid about me getting an infection from the water and drained it immediately after baby was out. She was also my midwife for baby 3 and made me immediately get out of the tub after baby was out (can't easily drain the birth pool). But I've watched lots of videos where the mom stays in the tub and questioned my new midwife about it. She said she has no concerns at all with the water giving me or the baby an infection. She has been a midwife a lot longer then my last midwife and I trust her. So this time EVERYONE knows I want the tub full! I'm even going to hang up signs! And I want everyone sticking their elbows in testing the water. I never heard that you can only have the water 98 degrees btw. My water was warm/hot with both births. I also plan on delivering the placenta in the water this time. Getting out and delivering it on my couch all wet and uncomfortable while consoling my screaming newborn was not fun. My labors keep getting shorter by half's. 8 hours, 4 hours, 2 hours. I'm scared this one will be so fast there may not be a tub. Hopefully I'm at home! Hopefully my DH is home he works about an hour away.

Well good luck to you. Though I would give you that info about water temp. and poop.
P.S. My DH had some issues with draining it. He refused to suck on the hose and get it going. Wimp what's so bad about a little birth pool water in your mouth? LOL
post #32 of 38

My 5th baby was a waterbirth.  Best.thing.ever!  The pool wasn't ready until I was in transition, unfortunately.  However, once I got in the water, it was like a little slice of heaven, and I relaxed instantly.  I am planning to have the pool available again for this baby, but I will follow my body's lead with regard to another waterbirth.  

post #33 of 38
I had my second in a hospitaller birth center with a built in birth tub. I figured I would try it and see. Lots of thing I try don't work, but you never know.
I got in and was in love. My contractions had been on top of each other And they slowed down by half, but I progresses more quickly because I was so relaxed and just le t my body go rather than tensing up to hold on through it. I only moved to ask of a drink. Transition was me waking up to my midwife telling me if I felt like pushing to push if I wanted.
Bee came easily, but a little gurgle from my water not breaking and I was more sad to get out of the tub than to give her to daddy and the nurse for a little suction.

My le bassine came today with liners for this birth and the planned next one. No way would I plan to birth without.
post #34 of 38

Thank you for this thread! I have been trying to decide myself whether to get a pool or have just my regular tub. 

 

I know I want to try the water regardless!

post #35 of 38
So since my earlier post I gave birth to DS2. This go round, I hated the tub!! It was fine between contractions but i had to be standing to handle my contractions this time, hanging on DH, so I only lasted maybe 3 contractions in the tub! Last time it was a life saver. However, this time my labor was only 2.5 hrs long, so early labor was only 30 mins and i wasn't in the tub until active labor, which was also way more intense than last time. You really can't predict things ahead of time! I was sure I'd love the water!!
post #36 of 38

I enjoy being in water during labor, but at some point during both of my births before transition, I wanted out of the tub. I plan to have a tub for my third, but I assume I will have another land birth.

post #37 of 38

I did, with my second. Water birth never really appealed to me (even though I do love baths!). To me, it was just one more variable that I didn't want to research and get into. Ha!  But, a couple of weeks before the birth (at my home visit), the MW assistant encouraged me to get the pool. It was inexpensive and they did all the set-up AND breakdown so it was sort of a no-brainer in terms of having around for pain relief. I ended up really liking it and spent transition and the second stage in the pool.

 

For one, they said I couldn't/shouldn't get in the pool until pretty well into labor. I wasn't being checked so I liked this subtle message about how far along I was in early labor. Once in the water, I think it was just the ease of movement and the soft, smushy walls that helped me get through transition with relative ease. I didn't love being all wet after the birth... but I suppose I was also a little less caked with birth goo, which I'm sure is something I let go unappreciated. 

post #38 of 38

I LOVED it. With my first birth it was so useful, relaxing, etc etc.  My second was a shorter labor but still it was so worth it.  I know not everyone finds it so essential (or even pleasant) but I have no idea how people can give birth out of water. 

 

The first time around, I thought- hey, I love baths, I bet I'll like being in water.  And I was right.  The relaxation of being in the warm water.  The buoyancy for me, and also for the baby coming out (I liked not being able to feel the downward pull of gravity then).

 

Both times I had the La Bassine.  Fantastic!  So comfy under my knees.

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