HI! I'm 38 weeks along, and about three weeks ago I fell down the stairs and broke my tailbone. I'm planning my first home water birth, and I'm just hoping to find someone else that possibly has some experience with this. My midwife, doula, chiropractor and an OB that we consulted with all seem to agree that it's possible, but that it will be more intense and painful. I'm trying not to focus on the pain, but it's pretty hard with a broken rear end. Thanks in advance for any help/advice you all may have.
Do you know where your tailbone is currently positioned? I would highly recommend staying up right (at least not on your back!) to give it time to move without putting pressure on it. (My mom had an old tailbone break but had hospital births where she was forced to push against it - ow!) You may need extra counterpressure there, heat, etc. Definitely have a doula on hand! But it may not be in the way at all and may not be any big deal.
I hope your current recovery, birth, and postpartum recovery go very smoothly!!
HeatherB ~ mama to 3 wonderful boys: 03/02; 09/04; 09/07 - and Eliana, 11/13/10!
Founder of Houston Birth Alternatives: Be Informed, Encouraged, Supported birth support group and aspiring midwife.
Well, everything turned out perfect. I had a precipitous labor that lasted an hour and twenty minutes from first contraction to baby in my arms. My husband actually caught our daughter in our bathroom with me on hands and knees before the midwife got here. Since it went so fast, and I was in such a great position, my tailbone didn't bother me at all. It was wonderful!