Hi all, I haven't found a great solution to how to have a waterbirth in non-chlorAMinated water. I don't want to birth my baby in chloramine and destroy the flora that baby got from a vaginal birth, which is so crucial to lifelong immunity. Unfortunately, chloramine is much harder to effectively filter out than chlorine is and I haven't found a way. Nor have I figured out a way - even if I could cart tons of spring/sterile water up to the birth room - to effectively heat the water. I've thought about portable water heaters but wonder if all the chemicals in the heaters cancel out the benefits of them.
Seeing as how the simpler answer is usually the right one...I'm trying to imagine just getting out of the birth pool for pushing to avoid the whole issue. I always wanted a waterbirth (this is #2 and maybe our last) so it's really not my favorite idea. But I'm trying to stay open to it.
For those of you who have had waterbirths or assisted with them:
- Have any of you gotten out of the pool to push? How did it affect your birth experience?
- Is it at all realistic that someone could start pushing IN the water but get out before the final pushes and finish on dry land? Or at that point do you lack the physical control to get out?
- If you pushed IN the water, what was the benefit of being in water while you pushed? Did the pool help more with general labor pain and contractions and relaxation, or did it do a lot to help with pushing for you, and why?
I should add that I had an easy time pushing last time on dry land, done in 45 mins for my first birth, and it doesn't scare me - I consider it a relief and it's the part about birth I don't mind. I had a posterior baby and the pain of back labor was waaay way worse than pushing could have been.