Sounds not appealing to me at all... I feel like I will want a clean bath not yucky water ... anybody have any experience with this?
mama to Doodle (7), Butterfly (2), and Rythm (due at home 1/06)
We did not bathe our baby after the birth, though our midife said if we wanted to take her in the bath with us in those early pp days that would be fine. We just rubbed her vernix in and called it good. For cord care we broke open GoldenSeal capsules (that were also from Birth with Love) and dumped the powder over the umbilical area a few times a day. The cord stump fell off in 4 days. Woo-hoo! And it was so nice not swabbing alcohol on our baby like we did with DS.
As for the cord, we advocate doing nothing: falls off the fastest, bath or no bath. Never had a cord infection, almost always falls off in 3-4 days.
With number two since you didnt put him in the bath did you have to do anything to the cord? Put anything in it or treat it in any way?
We continued daily herbal baths for a week or so after DD's birth.
It was a nice family ritual; DH enjoyed preparing the baths for us and DD obviously loved them.
It is really important to get 3-4 hip baths a day. It washes away bacteria and promotes healing. One of those a day can have the sitz in it. It is wonderful and strained out, so you don't actually sit in the herbs, just their infusion. Good for your body. Good for hemmeroids, good for bleeding.
edited to add: I don't do anything immediately after the birth. I usually have the sitz in a bottle that I mix with warm water instead of toilet paper. I start my baths around 12-20 hours or so. I didn't bring my babes in until days later.
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Originally Posted by missbliss
We had a waterbirth, then I took a shower after to clean up, and did the herbal baths over the week after the birth. They were awesome, and definitely helped with healing.
This is what I did too...it was awesome!
I just adore them after the birth... you know, after time to bond and hang out a bit. My perineum thanks me for it every time & my baby's cord stump is always grateful, too.
Ya'll remember that you always have a choice. Most midwives come to a birth with a plan or routine. That is normal when it is your job. But we are happy to let you skip things or add other things. This is about YOU after all.
I am hoping that doesn't create a headache post-partum, either; I suppose I will have to get an ACTUAL Sitz bath(tub) to do the daily soaks. :