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Hi there,<br><br>
I am preparing for my first homebirth (waterbirth) and am looking for some resources and info about waterbirth, how to do it (from a practical standpoint) and the benefits, birth stories, etc. All I seem to be coming up with is websites pushing tub rentals and waterbirth videos. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
If anyone could recommend some good websites or books that I may not know about that'd be just super.<br><br>
Thanks-in-advance!
 

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I rented a tub from waterbirth international (waterbirth.org) and I found that their website offers more information than just sales pitches. Barbara Harper, waterbirth internationals founder, wrote a wonderful book Gentle Birth Choices. She is super helpful and will answer any questions personally. I was a first time HB/WB and was directed there by a woman in my birthing class and found the staff to be available, and very easy to talk to. HTH!
 

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We used our midwife's tub, which was actually a plastic stock tub that was purchased at a farm supply store. It was perfect -- not very big so I felt nice and contained, very sturdy for leaning on the side and nice and deep. I could have filled it to my shoulders.<br><br>
FYI, When I got to the pushing stage, there was no way I was getting out of the water, but I had little strength left in my upper body to hold myself up in a squatting position by the sides of the pool. If my strong husband hadn't been there to hold me up by my armpits, I would have needed to get out of the tub.<br><br>
A waterbirth sounds like this big deal. You know, "Not only am I doing a homebirth, but I'm doing a WATERBIRTH." But the logistics of birth are basically the same whether you do it on dry land or water. Water just tends to lessen the pain of contractions, relax you more and make it easier (in some ways) for you to move around. Other than knowing how to fill up the tub and maybe spending some time getting used to being in the tub pre-labor, I don't think it's something to worry too much about being super educated on. Some women end up not liking being in the water.<br><br>
Not me! I'll always do it in the water!!!!!!!!! It's wonderful!!!!!!!!!
 

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Thanks for you help and info. It is true, I am probably think waaay too much about the whole "waterbirth" aspect. I've given birth 3 time already and was just fine. My only experience with water during labour was in a hospital jaccuzzi which I HATED because of the jets. I am thinking that being in a regular tub with warm water would be different. I guess we'll see how that all goes...<br><br>
I guess I'll be prepared to birth in the water should I chose to do so, but maybe not set my mind on it too too much. I am just thrilled to be *finally* birthing at home.
 

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I am having a Homebirth and have been thinking of a waterbirth. Im thinking it might be more fun to have a pool in the house with a almost 3yr old<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
even if i didnt end up using it he would love it. Use it as a distraction<br><br>
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I did a waterbirth with my 7/05 baby in the hospital. Benefits: great birthing tub for free, someone else to clean up the tub & free hot water provided. But downside, we were in a hospital.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> This time around I'm planning a waterbirth homebirth and we'll have to rent a tub. My midwife is affiliated with an org. that rents out the tubs but they are pricey--almost $200 yikes. But they are almost comparable to the hospital tub.<br>
I would suggest this website, it's a tremendous resource for waterbirth info:<br><a href="http://www.waterbirthinfo.com" target="_blank">www.waterbirthinfo.com</a>. You can also post your waterbirth story there after the birth.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I'm buying an inflatable tub, which I keep forgetting that I need to get soon because they'll probably be still sold out by the time that I'm 36 weeks.
 

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The little fishy inflatable pools are awesome and cheap! Plus your older dcs can use it after as a backyard pool (after a thorough cleaning of course <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ). Here is a link. <a href="http://www.qualityinflatables.com/56493.html" target="_blank">http://www.qualityinflatables.com/56493.html</a> I got mine from my midwife and she charged me $30. They are soft and comfy to birth in too. If you do a search in this forum for "little fishy pool" you'll find lots of threads.<br><br>
And, fwiw, I hated being in the tub during my first labor (didn't have a water birth) because I was on my back. This time around I hated it at first , but then turned over to hands and knees and it felt great!<br><br>
HTH!
 

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FYI Quality Inflatables told me a couple of weeks ago that they're sold out of the fishy pools indefinitely and may not ever restock them again, not sure why though because I know that they sell A LOT just for births. You can take the name of the tub though and do a search on it. I found another website but cannot remember the name that has the same price that I'm going to order from soon.<br><br>
Don't wait until summer to order!!!
 
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