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My midwife last night posed the option of having a waterbirth. It sounds great especially for my perineum (which is still uncomfortable after my first birth 2 years ago), but all the stuff about the pool, the hose, enough hot water in the water heater (in December!), etc., seems SO COMPLICATED! It also seems to cost a lot more than doing it without water.<br><br>
How complicated is it? How did you decide to go ahead with it? (or not?)
 

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If you use the instructions in the sticky at the top of this forum and you do a practice run a few weeks before hand, it's easy. We did a practice run at 37 weeks and from start to having a full pool was about an hour and 15 min. But on the day of the birth it took less than an hour (which is good because the last part of my labor went very quickly!). Draining it took about an hour.<br><br>
It was totally worth the effort (okay DH's effort <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> )
 

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Read the Birth Pool Resources thread. It's easy and cheap - you'll be glad you did. Don't forget to do a test-run!
 

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It's easier than it sounds to put everything together. I got a pool for $25 and the python for $30. That's all we needed. I turned the temp of the water heater up and we had plenty of hot water. Totally worth it.
 

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Last time, I was at a birth center which had a tub, so the 'deciding' was easy -- I walked in, in labor, and immediately wanted to get in that tub more than I've ever wanted anything in my entire life. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Honestly, if you're unsure I'd buy the hose and a fishy pool and have them ready and on hand if you want them but not sink so much money and effort into it that you feel cheated if you don't use it.
 

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When I was pregnant, I wasn't really sure if *I* was interested in the pool but I liked the idea of DS having the chance to be born in water and maybe easing the transition for him. One thing I'm glad I did though was when we did the test run though was I decided not to let the water go to waste so I climbed in for a soak. It was so heavenly to sort of float and for once not feel like I weighed a ton <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Having had a chance to try out the water when I was still pregnant (rather than relying on my general disinterest in pools when I'm not pregnant), I looked forward to getting in the pool during labor. So be sure to make a "test soak" part of the test run for the pool <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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With my first labor, we were at our midwives' birth center and they set up the pool for me during my looooooooooooong labor and I *hated* it!!!!!! I had a major temperature sensitivity and it just wasn't hot enough for me (even though it was plenty hot....labor had my perception way off!)........<br><br>
With my HBAC, I took a quick shower while in labor and HATED the water and didn't want anything to do with it (I had even filled up my regular bath tub thinking I might try sitting in it, but the thought of water on me totally grossed me out........I was already in transition by this time though!)....<br><br>
I don't think water birth is for me! LOL
 

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I didn't decide, it just happened. With my first two I simply *had* to get out of the water. With this last baby, I kept thinking I would get out at the last minute again (I didn't like the feeling of pushing in water) but when that time came I wasn't able to move. I had gotten up on my knees to get out of the tub and the baby just slipped out. I caught him myself. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Honestly, I stepped into the tub. I had it there, for labor, because I wanted to have lots of choices! Once I stepped in, the relief was so great and amazing that I stayed in! No way I was getting out.<br><br>
Obviously though, not the case for everyone! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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It wasn't very complicated for us. It gave DH something to do while I was in early labor. He likes busy bee type stuff. The idea of birthing in water sounded really nice, pain relief, perineum help, gentle on baby. However when it came time for me to birth I didn't want to be in the pool. I sat in it for about an hour and a half right before my transition got really into swing. The water was too warm, I get hot really easy, and I needed something more sturdy. I was just too uncomfortable in it, I just had to get out of the water, so I got out and had DS on our bed.<br><br>
I wanted to add that I had prepared DD for the birth with waterbirth videos and hadn't realized that having the baby on land the blood would be a lot more obvious. She freaked out a tiny bit because she wasn't expecting it but was ok.
 

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The words <span style="color:#FF0000;">"liquid epidural"</span> sold me and dh on a water tub at the birth. (We are both open minded as to whether or not I will actually push in the tub.) Dh is also one who cannot sit still and I think it will be a relief to him to have something to do during the labor that can be his responsibility and project, so to speak.
 

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I wanted to have the pool ready to go just so I would have the option while in labor. It was my first birth, so I was open to trying anything. I also did water aerobics during my pregnancy, and LOVED it, so I knew the pool would surely come in handy. I was in labor for a total of 24 hours...and probably 16 of those hours were in the pool. It was heavenly! They don't call it nature's epidural for nothing! I tried to birth in the pool, but couldn't get into a good position to push, so my son ended up being born in the kitchen with me standing up using the counter (and my husband) for support. I would just get an inexpensive fishy pool and hose to have on hand. You never know what your body will be telling you until you're in the thick of it.
 

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I had a tub available with my daughter's birth at the birth center.<br><br>
It felt great, but every time I got in, my contractions would slow down.<br><br>
And as my labor was LOOOOOOOOOONG anyways, getting slower was NOT what we wanted. heheh<br><br>
This time, I have the option to rent a tub and all that. Most women in my family have pretty speedy labors with subsequent children, though. Between that and the effect it had last time, I'm loathe to deal with the money and hassle when I may or may not even be able to USE it.<br><br>
I might regret not having it available, but that's the call we're making on it at this point.
 

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Having a water birth is so worth it.<br><br>
The mw will take care of the water for you, she'll keep it just right <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
My first I labored in water but got out when I felt claustrophobic. DD #2 was born in water. DD#3 was too fast and born in bed, #4 almost didn't make it to being a water.
 

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I've done three water births and it wasn't complicated at all. I LOVED it. I don't ever plan on birthing on land again (first birth was an epidural/hospital birth).
 

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I rented a tub for DD's birth and the company took care of everything- brought it over at midnight (even though she surprised us all and came at 38 weeks!), got the temperature right and taught DH how to adjust it. I only wound up spending about 20 minutes in it, but it was so worth it. I got in at 6 cm and 20 minutes later was fully dilated and my body was pushing DD out! I don't know if the extreme relaxation I felt is what caused me to dilate so quickly or if it was just a coincidence, but I'll definitely be renting the tub again for this birth <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I had thought that I'd want to birth in the water, but when the time came, my body needed to get out to push. I just went with what felt right, and hopped out. I again love the idea of birthing in the water, but now I know that you just never know what will feel right in the moment. I love having the option though.
 

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I think its nice to have the tub available. If the labor goes that way good....if not, thats okay too. I really wanted to have a water birth...or I thought I would. Things changed once I hit transition <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> The pool was <i>wonderful</i> to labor in though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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it's really nice to have the tub there just in case you want it. if you don't, then fine, but if you're dying for pain relief & it's not available- that would be really frustrating! i only used our tub for about an hour, but my god- did it mean the world to me! i got in at 7cm & got out at 10cm. we popped my waters & after that i just felt like staying out for the pushing. but it was wonderful to have hot water when i was at the point of really needing something new.<br><br>
i highly recommend a trial run! we didn't do one & just <i>barely</i> managed to get the hot water sorted in time.
 

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My first HB (2nd due in a few weeks!) I labored a LOT in the water. I have had two very long labors so far, and with that one it was wonderful to be able to get in the tub and rest and relax even more. I didn't intend to birth in it, and didn't, but the relief during heavy labor and transition was wonderful! There came a point when I *HAD* to be in the tub! I would sit down/back and relax between ctxs, and then lean forward (not quite hands/knees) during ctxs, and the water made that very easy to do.<br><br>
This time, I've been thinking about "what we absolutely MUST have before baby comes," and the thought of NOT having a good tub/pool available sends me into a panic! Thankfully we have a pool on the way now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I just know the water helps me a TON and may even want to birth in it this time (I'd like to catch baby on my own, squatting, and the water support seems ideal!). We'll see how it goes - I'm open to whatever my body decides come time for the birth. But having it available is absolutely essential, for me!
 
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