I figure other people out there must be on well water, right? Ours is technically safe to drink, but it has a very strong smell and high levels of iron. It really doesn't smell good, we always put bubbles or scented Epsom salts in the bath. Our landlord has said that he would put a filter in to help with this, but he's said a hell of a lot of things and not done even a single one. Basically there's no chance of him spending any money on improving the house. Our hot water heater barely works - it fills the tub up only to my two year old's belly button before it gets cold, and the landlord said he would get a new one a year ago. So... yup.
I'm not pregnant yet, but we are wanting to TTC soon and I definitely want a water birth. I had my first two at birth centers in Portland and would love to do that again, but we moved for my husband's job and now live in Sonoma County. There is one local birth center that I just didn't really click with. I have a midwife I would like to use for home birth but I wouldn't dream of giving birth not in water!
How have others dealt with bad well water when having a water birth at home? My only real idea was using essential oils to help mask the smell? I figured we could also boil large pots of water and put them in, which would help with both the smell and the heater problem, but I do tend to have very fast labors, so I don't know how much we could rely on that.
-What to do about stinky well water?
-What to do about very low functioning hot water heater?
Luckily we have some time to figure these things out, but any help is really appreciated :) Thanks, mamas!
p.s. I figure we may have to just buy a hot water heater ourselves... my last baby was over 10lbs and I relied on those Epsom salt baths in the last months! But if there are other ideas I'd love to hear them.