The reason i ask is because i was all set on eventually buying a birth tub, ya know, one of the cheapy $25 ones with a pool kit from a waterbirth site, but i keep seeing all these photos of women UC'ing in their own bathtub.....
was it easy enough to maneuver around? were you reclining while pushing? squatting? on all 4's?? I guess i just assumed a bathtub would be super uncomfortable. I'm not plus sized but i'm not tiny, when not pregnant i'm about 5'6" and 145 lbs....
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Second birth, I used my own bathtub which was fine, but very narrow. I ended up using the shower a lot and then getting out of the water for pushing.
With baby #3, I used my in-laws' large jacuzzi-type bathtub. It was awesome because the sides were hard and molded. It was very comfortable.
In all three births, though, I did greatly enjoy the use of a shower.
As for leverage, I did have problems with that. I really needed to anchor myself during contractions, and in the pool I was just floating around, since it was so big and there was nothing to brace myself on. I wound up not spending much time in the water because that was very bothersome. After pushing for 2 hours I got back in and managed to clamp myself onto the side of the pool in a squat, which was very effective in finally geting that baby out.
If I'd been able to use a tub with the same depth, but smaller and with some kinds of handles and footholds, it would have been perfect.
Last time we used a fishie pool. It took forever to fill. This time we're going to use the La Bassine. 100 gallons vs. closer to 200, plus the two handles on the inside!
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Mine is actually pretty deep...some of my friends have garden tubs that aren't as deep.
I have to say that the best thing about the garden tub was no setup and very little clean up. What I did was birth the babe, while I had him snuggled on my chest in towels we let out the water. Then I birthed the placenta. Then, since our shower is right next to our garden tub I brought the shower sprayer over the window that is in there and we sort of rinsed.hosed me then the tub off as I was getting into the tub LOL. It was super easy clean up!
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MAN i wish i lived in my old apt. We had a 90 gallon Roman bathtub in our master bath! DH (who's 6'5" and 275) and i could both fit in it fine even when i was 9 mos prego!!!
man, i wish i still had that.......
We're also in the process of installing a hot tub, but it's outside, so it would depend on what season I was giving birth in. I could see a midwife not wanting me to deliver in the tub when it's -40C out. lol.
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This time I am planning to get a 150 gallon Rubbermaid Stock Tank from Agway. It will cost a lot more (about $150.00) but I can re-use it or loan it out or find some other use for it, etc. The stock tank is a bit deeper and and shaped more like a bathtub instead of a round pool so hopefully it will make for an easier waterbirth.
that's what i figured, that a normal tub wouldnt be too comfortable unless you were a very small person. I saw La Bassine and thought it looked great and i like that it contains no phthalates or anything in the vinyl but i doubt i'll have that kinda money to pay for it. .
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Complete with free 30 day trial! That means you could order, have a 30 day window in which to give birth and then send it back. You'd be out shipping that's it.
I wouldn't do it because my "backyard" is an open courtyard to a playground and my complex's outdoor space, and I'd feel a little exposed...But I thought some of our rural/forest dwellers might think it was a cool idea.
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