Originally Posted by MamaChicken
As I'm pushing, the MW asks if I want her to break my water. I said no and she was fine with that - the nurse on the other hand was freaked out! She actually asked "but what happens if the water doesn't break on it's own?".
Actually, for my first birth I asked what they did and was told that they typically break the water at some point before pushing. When I asked why she told me because if they don't the water pops and explodes all over the hospital room leaving a big mess. (or something like that).
i remember feeling a little unsettled by it, but my water broke at home.
And for the record, w/ dd, the midwife just put an extra pad down when she thought it was about to burst (I'd been pushing for a whlle), warned everyone and things probably did make a bit of a mess- but it wasn't like the whole room needed hazmat... lol.
This is a great thread...