Nirvana4freedom, I'm sorry to hear that you had to go back to India to even have the possibility of the birth you wanted (where did you go in India to birth? I was born in Lucknow and we barely escaped a Cesarean). It makes me shudder to think what my friend might go through in Dubai.
Here in Canada water birth is not encouraged, though some midwives will allow it for home births. The College of Midwives apparently is not okay with it because it's difficult to guage the loss of blood (erm, check for concentrtion based on colour), but I'm sure have other reasons. In hospital, water births are not allowed (labouring to a point is). I hope you got the birth you hoped for
I spoke with my friend this morning because I hadn't heard from her in a while. She has placenta previa and is admitted in Al Wassel Hospital (near/in Karama)
She's been there for 3 weeks and her Cesarean is scheduled in 4 weeks, well before she would go in to labour. If baby's heart rate becomes unstable though, she could go in any minute for surgery. She is understandably nervous.
Do you know of any place in Dubai that sell Stretchy wraps like Moby or CuddlyWrap _or_ guaze wraps like GyspyMama (more suited to the summer temps.)? Kangaroo care is a very real possibility for her, and if her baby isn't admitted, then baby and mama will still benefit from it's use.
Not sure what else I can do for her from this distance. I just feel so sorry for her because her birth plan was so different from this, but it's a necessary intervention. Guess I'll be hanging around in the birthing sub-forum for a while because I hope to pass on a few resources to make the best of the situation.