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Let's talk waterbirth!

post #1 of 29
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I did not have a waterbirth with dd, but am considering it with this one.  I would love to have some different perspectives about it.  I am not a big bath person, love a good hot shower, but usually take a super short bath, infrequently though as I get hot quickly and bored easily.  I love swimming though, so no aversion to water.  The reason I am considering it is because I was spaghetti legs by the end of labor last time and wondered what it would've been like to be in the tub and take the weight off.  I also know that it can be an easier transition for baby.  I would love to hear your experience, good or bad.  Thanks!

post #2 of 29

Interesting. Reading that, I don't know if you'd like a waterbirth or not.

 

I have always used hot baths as pain relief from endometriosis, and for relaxing when I'm too tired to sleep. I like to read books in the bath, which takes care of the boredom part, though my books tend to get a little bit wavy.

 

I've had two births in water, and the first time, I had them make it as hot as I usually make my bath, and then got overheated and had to ask them to cool it off. There was no way I was getting out - I started to stand up, and the moment my belly was out of the water, the pressure was just so much more intense, and I sat back down FAST to get relief. Physically, I was super fragile and wobbly afterwards, and I think it was just because it was my first baby.

 

The second time, I made sure to make it a little cooler than I usually like, and it was comfortable for hours. I felt so much better in the water than out of it. When I did have to get out to use the toilet, that was the most painful part of labor other than crowning. After the second baby, I recovered much, much faster, did too much as first because I felt so great, and ended up with red lochia for a long, long time. The plan is to rest at home in bed for a week this time, no matter how good I feel.

 

Personally, I can't imagine giving birth out of water - though if my body were to ask for that, I'd have no problem. I just can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. Immersion in hot water is my comfort place. Oh, and I really like the space I get in a birth pool - it's hard for anyone to get near me, and I do not like to be touched during birth.

post #3 of 29
I'm a FTM. I'm over 95% sure I'm doing a water birth. It just seems to me that there will be less pressure in the water. I'm thinking this has to help with making the natural birthing process less painful. I'm actually excited about it. smile.gif

Great topic. Thx for posting.
post #4 of 29
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Originally Posted by turtlemamameg View Post
 

I did not have a waterbirth with dd, but am considering it with this one.  I would love to have some different perspectives about it.  I am not a big bath person, love a good hot shower, but usually take a super short bath, infrequently though as I get hot quickly and bored easily.  I love swimming though, so no aversion to water.  The reason I am considering it is because I was spaghetti legs by the end of labor last time and wondered what it would've been like to be in the tub and take the weight off.  I also know that it can be an easier transition for baby.  I would love to hear your experience, good or bad.  Thanks!

I had this same thought last night, my partner is really pushing the waterbirth, but I know I need the stimulation of a pulsing shower over stagnant water. I need the sounds of the water flowing and the sensory distraction. I have always wanted a waterbirth, I've seen so many go beautifully and have always been a swimmer. I just hope the "bathtub boredom" won't set in because I definitely won't be bored, I'll be super focused.  This is one of those, we will just have to wait and see things ;)

post #5 of 29
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Personally, I can't imagine giving birth out of water - though if my body were to ask for that, I'd have no problem. I just can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. Immersion in hot water is my comfort place. Oh, and I really like the space I get in a birth pool - it's hard for anyone to get near me, and I do not like to be touched during birth.

I can't imagine giving birth out of water, either. I had waterbirths with both of my children, and plan on doing so again. I did have birth center births with them, so it was in a real tub (not that that matters, though) and they run the bath water. The temp was great both times. Honestly I don't think I would have known otherwise. I like to labor at home, though, and got to the birth center around transition both times.

 

I also like the space being in the bath gives me, and I feel like it really helps me focus inward. It definitely relieved a lot of the pressure for me, and I also didn't have any tearing with either babies, even the one that didn't tuck his head (and was big). I can't really even imagine not giving birth in the water. I think even it waterbirth centers weren't a thing I would have instinctively sought the water. I like to get in a bath if I am having stomach pains or cramps, though, so it's a natural place for me to go when I'm feeling discomfort. 

 

And you definitely don't have to worry about getting bored while in labor! :) I do think it is a nice transition for the baby. I would try and have it as an option. Then you can see what feels good in the moment. 

post #6 of 29
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I guess the boredom factor wouldn't come into play in labor, however, it is one of the reasons I usually get out of the bath really quick, if I even decide to take on in the first place.  It has probably been 2-3 years since I have taken a bath.  Showers are my go-to when in discomfort, so I am still trying to figure out if it would be my thing.  It is $150 to rent the birth tub from my mw so I am really trying to get a grip on whether I would actually like it or not. Has anyone had an experience having at least one of each type birth that could compare their experience?  How about those of you who have labored in the tub, but birthed out of it...just some other scenarios I'd like to hear about.

post #7 of 29

I know one of my friends labored in the tub with her first and then hopped out and pushed him out on the bed. She also spent time in the shower during her labor with him. With her second she labored and gave birth in the water. Is there anything specific you'd like me to ask her?

 

If the $150 is too much to spend I know several women in my last DDC bought inflatable pools on amazon and gave birth in them.

Something like this would work: http://www.amazon.com/Swim-Center-Ocean-Reef-Pool/dp/B00005OARQ/ref=sr_1_13?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1393020960&sr=1-13&keywords=inflatable+pool (this one has lots of reviews from women who bought it as a birthing tub. The only downside is it looks like maybe the quality has lessened.)

 

Or one of my acquaintances used an old (but lined and sterilized) stock tank/water trough!

post #8 of 29

I'm a water-laborer (especially transition) and land birther.  2nd baby, (first ended in transfer/c-section) my midwives had several large rubbermaid horse troughs and they deliver one at the 36 week home visit. They provide ALL moms with a free tub! Those things are awesome. I bagged up some pillows and put them at the bottom, then per mw's instructions, a light colored sheet, then a liner (the sheet is because the tubs are black and it makes it easier to assess if there's abnormal blood loss) the pillows compressed down under the weight of the water and made it feel like a super dense foam. It was really nice, and good depth! Next baby I bought the fishy pool off amazon. Pretty cheap. This time, we have a huge jacuzzi tub in our house so I'm going to do the pillows+liner thing. The liner serves 2 purposes. first is easy cleanup, and the 2nd is it overrides the drain thingie that prevents overflowing and gives me several more inches of water depth. I've never actually birthed in water. I like having it available to take the edge of transition, but I never felt like I could push right in the water. So, I've always birthed on land. Seems like its been for the best anyway. baby 2 had shoulder dystocia and remedying that wasn't exactly compatible with water birth. baby 3 had a nuchal arm, which gave me the lip from hell that my mw held back while I pushed past it, and then that same nuchal arm needed to be manually extracted after the head was out. So, I suppose as far as home births go, my births have ended up fairly interventive ;) And in my situations, I'm totally okay with that. Speaking of nuchal arms..ugh.. in the ultrasound this little one had his arm up by his face the whole time! I was like, ugh, that habit MUST END! 

 

As for bath boredom: Sometimes to have something to do in the bath, I shave my legs. In my first pregnancy I took TONS of baths in the 3rd tri, and I remember at one late pregnancy prenatal my mw was like, "whoa, I can't believe you're still shaving your legs!" but it was only because I was so bored in the tub! lol. Oh, and in that pregnancy, sometimes I'd take evening baths while dh cooked dinner.. and he would bring me a plate to eat in the tub! Isn't he awesome? 

post #9 of 29
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Originally Posted by LiLStar View Post

 

As for bath boredom: Sometimes to have something to do in the bath, I shave my legs. In my first pregnancy I took TONS of baths in the 3rd tri, and I remember at one late pregnancy prenatal my mw was like, "whoa, I can't believe you're still shaving your legs!" but it was only because I was so bored in the tub! lol. Oh, and in that pregnancy, sometimes I'd take evening baths while dh cooked dinner.. and he would bring me a plate to eat in the tub! Isn't he awesome? 

 

:rotflmao  Love it!

post #10 of 29
Thread Starter 

Okay...how 'bout those of you who tried it and didn't like it.  Why?

 

I like the kiddy pool idea.  It could 2nd as a...kiddie pool!  Thanks for the idea Mares.  The trough thing just cracks me up too.  That could 2nd as a...trough!  Both would be useful, but the kiddie pool might be cheaper.

post #11 of 29

Thanks for starting this thread, it is a good one, I have been curious as well.  We have a slightly different situation as we have gone the route of what insurance will cover so we will be in a hospital.  We are lucky to have a hospital that has a natural birth center with midwives and birthing tubs, with the fine print that they prefer to avoid you actually giving birth in the tub.  I know that is funny and sort of kills the point, but I had not really been interested in it for the birth more just for the labor and transition.  I have been told that any squeamishness I may have now goes out the window when you are actually in labor.  I feel like having the option is what will be most important for me as this is my first birth.  I have no idea if a tub/shower/walking whatever will be best for me but I would like to have as much at my disposal as possible to  make this right for me.  Does not really answer any of your questions, mostly just my two cents added to the mix :)

post #12 of 29
I've had two waterbirths. I actually don't labor much in the tub, I like laboring in the shower or on land. When I feel pushy I hop in the tub and push my baby out.
post #13 of 29
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Originally Posted by bbcatcher View Post

I've had two waterbirths. I actually don't labor much in the tub, I like laboring in the shower or on land. When I feel pushy I hop in the tub and push my baby out.


 Why don't you labor in the tub too?  Why do you push your babies out in the tub as opposed to land, comfort of pushing in submersion?

post #14 of 29
My first homebirth I tried to labor some in the tub and it felt very hot to me...and I felt too exposed. So I got out until I was pushing on the toilet and then hopped back in the tub.
My second homebirth it just worked out that when I was pushy the tub was just ready (shorter labor). I do like the tub contains the birth mess and just needs to be drained.
post #15 of 29
Lilstar - What kind of liner did you use in your trough? My midwife has the same black horse trough, and I like the idea of pillows and a sheet on the bottom. I'm a little confused about what kind of liner you used.

With my first homebirth I labored in the shower until transition, then I wanted to get out. My transition moved along at a nice pace, so I was ready to push within 30 minutes. Baby was born on the bed. Second homebirth I went from barely noticeable contractions to straight into a quick transition. Once I hit transition, my legs turned to jelly and I did not want to move, so baby was born on the bed. There was no time to get in the shower. If I can with this baby, I think I'd like to try the tub, but the thought of delivering in there is somewhat unappealing. But, maybe I'll like it when the time comes.
post #16 of 29

I would love to hear more about bathtub liners.

 

With my first, I labored in a tub with jets (very similar to the tub I have now) without progression and eventually ended up on my hands and knees with a freezing-cold shower jet aimed at my back. Posterior baby, and it helped a TON. Gave birth on my side in bed.

 

Weighing a possible water birth for this baby, but I'm nervous given how useless it was for my first.

 

Has anyone had any experience with the different tubs? AquaDoula, La Bassine, etc? Some tubs locally are available to rent, and I didn't know if there was a difference in features or "likeability" between them.

 

My husband will also likely not be present for my labor or birth, so ease of filling/emptying is a plus.

post #17 of 29
I own a labassine, gave birth in it twice.

Many of my clients rent a aqua doula and they like that one too. That one has a heater to maintain the water temp which is good for longer labors. I personally don't like the thinner sides of the aqua doula.
post #18 of 29
Pretty sure we just picked up a roll of painter's plastic from home depot, cut off a piece, and duct taped in place! Nothing fancy. Used another piece for the bed. I always prep a couple different potential birth spaces to be prepared for wherever I happen to land. I plan to get another roll of plastic and line the tub, the bed, and the futon in the "sun room" which is part guest room, part craft room. Bedroom is upstairs, and the bathroom with the big tub is downstairs. I figure if I decide to get out of the tub to push I will be in no mood to go upstairs, so a downstairs birthing place will be good to have ready
post #19 of 29
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Has anyone ever birthed in a claw foot type bathtub?  Is there enough room? 

post #20 of 29
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Has anyone ever birthed in a claw foot type bathtub?  Is there enough room? 

Because it's narrow you wouldn't have quite as many options for position, but plenty of women birth in their own little standard bathtubs, and a claw foot is much bigger than those. It would be plenty deep enough to submerge! You'd just have to check about draining it.

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