Originally Posted by dubylyu
My mw's main concerns with waterbirth are that she can't wipe the face off before the body is delivered, which she says makes the need to suction practically nonexistant in her experience. Also, she thinks I might lose some natural lubrication and not have the benefit of oil on my perineum, perhaps causing an abrasion. But overall she agrees that if I don't want to leave the water, I should not. She says in all the births she's been to where they labored in water, even at ones where they had planned to birth in the water, the mom instictively got out right before the baby came. I don't know... maybe I'll be her first, maybe I'll want to get out.
Ok, so I'm just wondering: how many births does your mw do? Is she an older mw?
Wiping off the face before the body is delivered is NOT necessary. Heck, no. In fact, suctioning the baby is a HUGE no-no - not evidence-based, not necessary, not helpful at ALL. No, no, no, no.
Water provides nice counterpressure. No need to oil the perineum. No need to have her fingers in you. No, no, no, no.
I want to stay nice here, and respect your mw, but she sounds like a mw talking from 1979!
I would urge you - really URGE you - to have her contact Barbara Harper from Waterbirth Intl. http://www.waterbirth.org/spa/index...._id=5&Itemid=1
with her concerns. This is really vital. Because, I will tell you one thing - her fear about waterbirth and meddling with your labor and the birth of your baby will create a negative experience for you. She will be fighting against what your body will intuitively want to do.
Please. Contact Barbara. By phone. Share with her some of these ideas that your mw has. It just is so...well, dated. Does your mw read anything like Midwifery Today? Does she keep up on her continuing education?
I'm sorry, but there are so many red flags that I don't know where to start. Please contact Barbara. If you really want a waterbirth, your mw needs to be re-educated. Definitely. This will be good not only for your birth, but for other women under her care.
I apologize, again, if I'm out of line, I'm just really concerned about what your midwife believes to be true.
I want to add, also, because I'm just going too far I think, that even the University of Nebraska Medical Center allows waterbirths!