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#1 of 15 Old 11-07-2013, 01:21 PM - Thread Starter
 
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After my first, I am so psyched to have another water birth. I was wondering who else in our group is planning this and if any veterans have advice on successful water birth without delays in labor?

 

My labor with DS was 21 hours total, at 9 cm showing up to the hospital (water birth in the hospital with a nurse midwife) only to labor for 12 more hours before pushing. I am wondering if any water birth mama's contribute lengthy labors/delays to the soothing water, or if that was just a fluke with my first. I hoping that my second water birth will be faster...


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Both of my births were home water births. They were both 6 hours of active labor, about 2 of which was pushing. I got into the pool ~2-3 hours into active labor each time and, if the water slowed down my labor at all, it was much appreciated as I wouldn't want to be in active labor for much less than 4-5 hours. I prefer to give things time to stretch and adapt.

As a non-professional who has never birthed in a hospital, I would guess that your delay in labor had more to do with changing locations than getting in the water, but that's just a wild guess.

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I had a water birth at an independent birth center. My total labor was about 22 hours, but it was mostly the early labor that dragged on and made it take long. I think I was resting too much instead of walking around or anything to get things going. I don't remember exactly when I got in the water, but I remember I had to wait until the midwife thought I had progressed enough so labor wouldn't stall. I think it is normal for first births to take longer (the average my midwife said is 12-24 hours), so you were within that range, and your second labor will probably be faster. Even if birthing in water makes things take a little longer, I think it's worth it for the pain management and relaxation, as long as you're with a midwife or someone who won't be concerned about it. I would love to have another water birth with this baby, but I'm not sure what my options will be. I'll be moving to Germany in March and giving birth there.

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My last birth was a water birth, and I was concerned about getting in the tub too early. I thought I was still in early labor until I started pushing, so I was only in the tub for a few minutes. I'm not sure if I'm going to go the water birth route again. My dd had a lot of fluid in her airway, and I don't really know how a water birth may have contributed to that.


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My first hbac was 36 hours long.  I spent about 4 hours in the water but ended up birthing on land.  2nd hbac was about 12 hours of labor with the last 2 in water.  3rd hbac was only about 6 hours of labor and the last hour in the water.

I will have a birth tub this time too, although I've come into some new information that I have to digest first before I decide if I will birth in the water again or not.  I know I will labor in water, without a doubt.  But I went to a LLL conference recently and there was a specialist that spoke there about skin to skin contact and he had massive amounts of information about research he had done about how the brain matures in the womb and blah blah blah.  (His name was Dr. Nils Bergman from South Africa, btw)  Anyway, he made a comment about how the scent of moms milk is so strong in the first 48 hours and that washing off that scent confuses the baby and potentially causes nursing problems for the baby.  That while they are in the womb, they smell mom, and that when they are born, that same scent is smelled at the breast.  And that research showed that if something interfered with continuity of scent, it can interfere in breastfeeding.  Even c sections interfered with this as babies are taken from the womb then cleaned and wiped and tested and wrapped before handed to a parent.  ANYWAY, I took the mic and asked a question about this during the question and answer session portion about how then, does water birth affect this, or moms that shower after birth.  He said, that obviously shower, but to not use scents.  And that if midwives are being honest, babies that are waterbirthed take to the breast slower than babies that are not.

Now I personally have never had problems with my babies nursing since my first one, but it has been my experience that it took a good hour or two for them to take to the breast after birth.  That they were just not interested in nursing right away.  And I wonder if the experience would be different if they were born on land instead.  So, just wallowing the idea around in my head, but I'm sure I'll probably still water birth anyway.  Cause I usually am not getting out of the tub once I'm in the zone.  It was an interesting conference and I learned a lot though!


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That sounds like a great conference earthylady! I had planned a water birth with DS, but he ended up coming too quickly, so we didn't have time to set up the pool (I was grocery shopping at 12:30pm, DS was born at at 3:26pm.) I'd love to have a water birth this time around, or at least labor in the tub. Hopefully it will help things to go a bit slower so that my body has time to stretch (I needed stitches after DS's birth for internal tears- by far the worst part of the whole experience.) I think the info about scent is fascinating earthylady- I guess each woman has to weigh the benefits of water for comfort vs. the risk of delaying the baby latching on.

Right now, the bath is the only place I feel close to comfortable, so I imagine it will be similar in labor. And now I know that I need to get the tub prepared well ahead of time!

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It was new information, for sure. It was really fun to hear all the neuro stuff he talked about.

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Very interesting. My water birth baby took a lot longer to nurse than my hospital birth. They both required oxygen and all that, but my oldest latched on as soon as she was handed to me, and my youngest took over an hour.


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when I was preparing for my last birth at home, the pool was what we agonized over the most...buy/rent a real birth pool? how to set it up? heater or not? kiddie pool? how to fill/ drain? attachments for the sink..hose etc. we also lived in a 3rd floor apartment at the time so that was also a factor. In the end we went with a kiddie pool and I swear I was only in it for about 20 min total! and I had a very long labor but I just wasn't that into it. I did take a bath and then a shower at some point as well but I just found it ironic that the pool was hardly used in the end. I will definitely have a pool again if we have the baby at home, you never know how you will feel in labor! 


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Both of my births were home water births. They were both 6 hours of active labor, about 2 of which was pushing. I got into the pool ~2-3 hours into active labor each time and, if the water slowed down my labor at all, it was much appreciated as I wouldn't want to be in active labor for much less than 4-5 hours. I prefer to give things time to stretch and adapt.

As a non-professional who has never birthed in a hospital, I would guess that your delay in labor had more to do with changing locations than getting in the water, but that's just a wild guess.

I think changing locations really did slow things down for me. I stalled at 9 cm for many hours once I got to the hospital. 

 

I didn't have any trouble with him latching though, that's great info though, Earthylady. I definitely won't shower right after the birth. After DS was born i got to hold him in the tub for a little while, which might have helped...?

 

Thanks for the input ladies!


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I didn't like the big octagon fishy pool. It wasn't deep enough and I never reached buoyancy, even with it filled to max. My 2nd hb I sprung for the Birth Pool in a Box. It was heaven! I then bartered it to my mw towards my tab. Then with my last pg a friend and I split the cost of the BPIAB. She and I both used it as well as two other friends, and I'll have it for next time too.

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I'm not sure what kind of tub they have at the hospital I use, but I was definitely buoyant (what is the point of you can't float throughout the contractions??) I could also lie on top of the water completely flat without bending my legs and I am 5'8". The large tub is key.


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Planning on water birth #4 here! I've never birthed on "land" before and don't plan to start now. I've personally never noticed the water stalling out my labor at all, but I didn't get in the tub until pretty close to transition. DS1 in the tub pushing for 90 minutes, DS2 in the tub for 70 minutes pushing the last 15. DS3 in the tub for most of active labor for 3 1/2 hours, no active pushing he just came in 90 seconds flat (what a surprise). Most of the time I was in and out a bit though. 30-45 in the tub then on the ball or toilet for a bit, then back to the tub. 

 

I'd never heard the smell/nursing thing before. It makes sense but I wouldn't change my mind on the subject. All of mine have nursed within the first 30 minutes of being born and latched on perfectly. I also think a few extra minutes before nursing isn't a big deal compared to how much quicker your bottom side recovers from a water birth versus a land one. That's just my opinion though and I'm sure I'd feel differently if I'd had problems nursing in the past. 


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Hoping for my 2nd waterbirth here. Oddly, my homebirths were my land births, but that was because I didn't want to shell out the money to rent a tub. We had an old-fashioned clawfoot bathtub that I labored awhile in, but my 1st was born on the floor and my 2nd on hands and knees on my bed.

 

My 3rd was a hospital waterbirth but I only spent maybe 20 min in the water before pushing (which took 10 min). So it wasn't a big part of my 18 hr labor.

 

I'm planning to go to a birth center with big tubs this time and will probably head over earlier in labor since it's farther from home and I'll be less worried about them messing with me.


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Anyone else end up with a land birth instead? I had a couple ctx in the tub right at he end and I felt like I was flailing around and not able to support myself. I got out and the midwives realized I was starting to push. I pushed him out on hands and knees on the bed, leaning over a birth ball. It was pretty similar to how I birthed my 2nd.

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