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Have you ever heard of someone laboring at home with a portable water bath and then going to the hospital for the birth? I mean, like it was planned like that, not that they went to the hospital for a complication? I am thinking of doing this but I don't know if it is totally wacky?!
 

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No it's not wacky at all! I think a lot of women realize it is in their best interest to labor at home...there is really no need to rush to the hospital...I plan on laboring at home, including in the bathtub, shower, possibly in a kiddy pool (depending on the weather and time of day) and heading to the hospital when I am close to giving birth. The hospital does have tubs, but I would much rather spend that time at home. My midwife fully supports me and thinks it is best to spend the majority of labor at home. Our hospital is about 5-10 minutes away, so we are not worried about spending the time driving there.<br><br>
I think it is a great idea to labor at home, using whatever feels best to you, including spending time in 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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If I were to choose a hospital birth, I would totally labor at home in a tub first! I was originally planning a hospital birth (mostly for DH's comfort) and DH was informed I'd be laboring at home and going to the hospital as late as I possibly could.<br><br>
Enjoy your tub!
 

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Thanks for the encouragement. I was pricing birthing/laboring tubs and they are so much less expensive than I thought! Does anyone have a preferance for what type/brand to use? Is the $150 blow up one really hard to keep warm? Do you really need a heater?
 

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I don't think it's weird. I remember the midwives telling me that you actually progress a lot faster in labor if you are at home where you are comfortable. I didn't have my daughter at the hospital (I had her at a birth center) but didn't go in until I was 8 centimeters dilated. Makes for a much shorter stay as well.
 

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I used a $25 fishy pool and it worked great. I would say be prepared to birth at home though as you may not be willing to leave the water to drive to the hospital <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Once I got in there was nothing in the world that could have gotten me out....<br><br>
-Angela
 

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I agree with pp, be prepared to REALLY not want to leave. I arrived at hospital 3 cm and fully effaced and even then I so did not want to go (I progressed pretty fast after that, DS was born about 3.5 hours after we arrived at hospital). If I had hit transition at home, there would have been no convincing me to move, as I became fairly cantankerous at that point. Part of the reason we are planning to have this one at home is because I hated having to leave here so much! BTW, we didn't use the tub at all at home, I did all my progressing in the tub at the hospital.
 

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i did. it worked well. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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I think it's wacky to go the hospital <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> But if you plan on doing that, it's best to get there as late as possible. Having a labor tub at home could help you stay home longer.
 

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I did that with my daughter. After a bad experience at the hospital with my son, I vowed to stay home until the very last minute. I labored the last couple of hours in the bath tub (with the shower running on me) and got out when I started pushing around 5:20pm, dh stuffed my pants with rags...good thinking as my waters broke on the 7 min drive to the hospital! They wheeled me in (obviously couldn't stand or walk) around 5:35pm and dd was born at 5:47pm. I was up and running (almost!) right afterwards and ready to go home to my 2.5 yo...but they didn't let me. I stayed overnight. I shouldn't have left my bathtub! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I wanted to have a water birth with my son, but my labor progressed so quickly, that by the time the pool was set up and filled, he was out!<br><br>
I labored at home in the shower (not a full bath) for over an hour. I really needed to be on my hands and knees. Did you do a water birth/ labor with your daughter?<br><br>
I've also heard of people buying blow-up kiddie pools and putting bean bag chairs underneath them.
 

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I think it's a fine idea! But I also heartily agree with the other posters to be prepared to give birth at home. I was induced at the hospital (w/ Prepadil) and got into the tub at 5cm. I had a relatively easy labor, and 30 minutes after I got into the tub, DD was crowning!! I had zero warning that that was going to happen. I didn't know I went thru transition, didn't know any of that. It was like "ok, I'm deep breathing...oh LORD I'm pushing!!" And then I had to get out of the tub to finish pushing her out in bed because the hospital doesn't allow water births. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
This upcoming birth will be at home! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 
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