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Hi ladies,<br><br>
I am planning a water birth and had some questions about the pushing stage? I birthed my last two on my bed and used at least 10 clothes to warm and sooth my area while pushing. I know the water helps and I planned on using my hands as support while pushing. What have u done? Clothes too or hands or nothing?<br><br>
Thank you ~ Angela
 

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My ds was a water birth (in the bathtub <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ) and I didn't use anything while pushing. He was also having a hard time coming out because the water bag was catching on my pubic bone..so when she broke it he was literally born in less than 3 minutes...so we really didn't have any time to use anything after the water was broken.....I had no tears or anything with him though...even though he was super fast.
 

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My last two births were waterbirths at home. I didn't do any kind of pressure/compresses. I think being in the water relieves a lot of the pressure itself. I never tore or anything, and my pushing is very short(a couple of contractions). I <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> the water. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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the hospital i go to has tubs for labouring in, but you aren't allowed to push in them. stupid rule, but the tubs are big and nice and the hospital is air conditioned and my house isn't and my bathtub is small. so i've got the owner of elixir making me a custom birthing bath bomb, something soothing and not overpowering to get the baby out. i'm very excited to use that bomb.
 

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I had a waterbirth with my son and just went away without anything else, but I did do it fast and tore as a result -- my back hurt so much (ds was posterior) I wanted to get it over with and pushed in 18 minutes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I had a waterbirth with my last birth 7 years ago. I remember the midwives mentioning that any kind of perineal support could actually be detrimental and, as PPs have mentioned, the water apparently provides adequate counterpressure to support the perineum.<br><br>
I pushed out my 8#12 baby in 30 minutes, no tears!<br><br>
Unrelated, but interesting; I did find this awkward pushing position to be exactly my experience- something to thing about:<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">i haven't noticed more lacerations with water births but i have noticed a strange phenomenon in the freestanding tub, that the woman in there alone seems, i don't know, awash, and it's hard for her to get in a really good position to push since there's nothing solid to hang on to, especially for primips. (by far, if my intending-to-water-birth-clients change plans at the last minute it's because pushing is more challenging in the tub.)<br><br>
so, my favorite position for water birth is for the partner to be in the tub too, seated, legs extended, leaning his/her back against the side of the tub. mom sits on his/her lap, with her back against partner's front, in a sort of semifowlers, partner's arms encircling. then, there's an extra set of hands/arms for bracing against, partner gets to feel the intensity of pushing from closer up, mom can melt onto partner between contractions, and when she lifts the baby from the water (i basically keep hands off, too), they all three get to be en face. awesome.</td>
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<a href="http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/watrbrth.html" target="_blank">That's from the gentlebirth waterbirth archives.</a> You might want to check it out - lots more more interesting and useful waterbirth tidbits there!<br><br>
Best of luck with your waterbirth!
 
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