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salt for water birth??

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I'm gathering my supplies for a home water birth and on my midwife's list of items I need to get she listed two boxes of salt. What kind of salt do you suppose she means? Epsom? Sea Salt? Table salt?

post #2 of 5

Some say to add regular salt to prevent the prune effect of staying in water too long, that could be what it's for. Others say not to add anything to the water.

post #3 of 5

We picked up a tub of sea salt from a restaurant supply place.

 

Sea salt in the water will make you more bouyant(you float more, which helps during labor) and better mimics the amniotic fluid that baby is in. Salt water is also very healing; Salt is a bacteriostat (stops bacteria from replicating), which is handy if you tear at all during birth.

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Thanks for replying! I asked my midwife about it and she said don't worry about purchasing it. She used to use it for buoyancy and bacteria but doesn't anymore because of how much it clouds the water.

post #5 of 5

No problem! Interesting anout the clouding though, it didn't cloud up our water much. Maybe it was a different salt that we used.''

 

Good luck with your water birth!

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