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#1 of 3 Old 07-16-2014, 02:15 PM - Thread Starter
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Hospital Water Birth - What do I need to know?

I am planning to do a water birth at a hospital in their birthing tub. This is my 2nd baby. The first baby I birthed laying flat on my back with the nurse/OB telling me when/how to push, etc, so this will be a very different experience. I'm with a midwife at the hospital now and she said they won't really be able to monitor in the tub, since obviously they can't see under the water, so I'm a little nervous about it.
Does anyone have any tips for water birth? What do I need to know? Is there a resource which talks about exactly how to birth in water as opposed to laying on a bed?
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In the hospital I used for my DS, you were allowed to use the tub to labor in but not to deliver in. I love the tub! It was great relief when the contractions were strong. I suggest waiting till you 'need' the tub to get in. Also, they were able to hook me to monitors because they are water proof, unfortunately. I can't stand those things!
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I labored in the tub but didn't deliver in it with my daughter. Our hospital had waterproof fetal monitoring strips, which I was required to use because my daughter was posterior and her heartrate was really erratic throughout labor. I pretty much labored on hands and knees in the tub. You just find the most comfortable position and go with that. As the PP said, water can slow down progression, so you want to use it sparingly early and get in when you really need the break. I was in and out of the tub for most of labor and then stayed in through transition when it was really really tough. So if your midwives can't monitor while you're in the tub, they shouldn't have a problem monitoring you periodically when you get out.

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