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Hello all! I am planning a waterbirth with my second child. I labored in the water for much of my labor with my first, but had a stubborn cervical lip that wouldn't go away and my midwife had me get out of the tub so she could work on it manually. After that, I didn't want to go anywhere and pushed her out in bed. Worked out great and I was very happy with my birth, but I still would like to plan for a waterbirth this time. My question is what happens after you are done having the baby? I have done all the research on water embolism and think it is a bit of a crock. (please correct me if you think I'm wrong.) So I am wondering how you guys did it? Did you birth the placenta in the tub? Step out and birth it and then get back in the tub? Go to bed for the placenta? Just checking out what you all thought worked or didn't work. I have this great birth dream, but after third stage is a little hazy. (They never show that part in videos. I didn't know what a placenta was until shortly before I got preggo with my first. lol) Anyways, please share!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
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I usually have people birth the placenta in the tub, then we have a plastic bowl that the placenta floats in while still connected to baby until mom is ready to get out. <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 just watched a birth video from the Aqua de Luz birthcenter in Portalnd, OR. Every placenta that they showed was birthed in the water. I think if I birth this baby in the water, the placenta will probably come there too.
 

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I had my 2nd in the water (labor and birth). Birthed the placenta in the water as well, about 10 minutes after birth. Like Pam said, my midwives "caught" it with a bowl. After a couple minutes, I felt like getting out of the tub and snuggling up in bed with babe and dh. The tub did get a bit "messy" after the placenta was born, but it didn't bother me, I was too busy to notice.
 

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I had my DD in my tub, sat there for a bit, then got out onto my bed to birth the placenta. I think I wouldve liked to stay in the water for longer but I was bleeding a lot (even before the placenta came out) and my MW asked if I wouldnt mind going ahead and getting out.
 

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Thanks for the input ladies!<br>
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I birthed the placenta in the water and have a picture of it being delivered around here somewhere, but I'll spare you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">. I asked to get out of the tub before having the placenta b/c it just grossed me out. My MW said that she'd rather I stay in because she didn't want to cut the cord until after the placenta was born and the logistics of the baby/cord/placenta would be too hard (I know that now, actually...she didn't tell me that). Anyway...she (we) choose not to cut cord before the birth of the placenta because there are studies that show it reduces bleeding. This is a fairly new practice for her (it changed between my friend's birth in March of '03 and mine in July), but seems to be working well.<br><br>
Just more food for thought <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 gave birth in the tub, I remained in the tub while we waited for the cord to stop pulsing (can't remember how long...maybe 15 minutes???), we cut the cord, then I got out of the tub and birthed the placenta on the toilet (the was a bowl to catch it in there). My midwife said she didn't recommend birthing the placenta in the water b/c it is more difficult to gage blood loss. I think it was just her comfort level/experience. It was fine with me b/c by then I was ready to get out. I had a pretty bad tear so the water was really bloody already.
 

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same as Charmie981. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I also stayed in the water until the placenta was delivered. <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 birthed the baby, I nursed the baby, the cord was cut, and then I was asked to get out of the tub to birth the placenta.
 

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I birthed the baby in the tub, but had a ton of blood gush out afterward so I got out to deliver the placenta.
 

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I gave birth to the baby in the water, and got out of the tub to deliver the placenta both times. The first time, my mw asked me to (I think she was concerned about being able to gauge blood loss) and the second time I sat in the tub with the baby for about ten minutes and nursed a bit, but I had the water level too high, and nursing involved using my legs to keep myself up high enough for my breasts (and baby's head! LOL!) to be out of the water for nursing, so we moved to the bed. I was also aware of the rather...yucky state of the water at that point. I really didn't bleed at all in the tub, and a wad of paper towels was sufficient to contain the small amount of blood that came out as I carried baby upstairs to our bedroom, cord intact. OUr midwife got here about 5 mins. after we settled into bed, (complete with chux pads) and I delivered the placenta not long after.<br><br>
I might note that baby stayed attached to me at the breast and at the cord through getting out of the tub, walking across the house and upstairs, climbing into bed, etc.<br><br>
It was pretty neat!
 

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my second was born in the water and so was her placenta. we just placed it in a bowl too. It floated around for a few seconds though. I still remember how nice it felt when the placenta was born-is that funny??? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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I had a waterbirth in a hospital setting, and was surprised that they didn't have me get out of the tub to birth the placenta. It came out in the tub in one push and then they had me get out - it wasn't that great to be in the tub anymore after that because the water turned from clear to red, yuck.
 

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I stepped out of the tub and then birthed the placenta (just kind of squatted over the bowl). Then I got into bed. Aaaah.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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I totally remember that too! For me, I think it was such a relief because pushing the baby out is such torture for me (I can handle labor pains just fine, but find pushing to be horrendous), that delivering the placenta was immensely satisfying.
 

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I'm planning to have a waterbirth in March and I was told by my provider that they don't deliver the placenta in the tub. The reason she gave me is that they are afraid that they might miss little chunks of the placenta if parts of it tear off during the delivery. She said that it would be awful to need a D&C because they thought a piece was still inside when it was really floating in the water.<br><br>
It makes sense, but how likely is it that this will happen?<br>
I'm probably gonna bring this up again at my next appt. to see how strict they are about this. What if I don't feel like getting out?
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">I'm planning to have a waterbirth in March and I was told by my provider that they don't deliver the placenta in the tub. The reason she gave me is that they are afraid that they might miss little chunks of the placenta if parts of it tear off during the delivery. She said that it would be awful to need a D&C because they thought a piece was still inside when it was really floating in the water.</td>
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Now that you say this, I seem to remember my midwives saying the same thing. I think if I had insisted they would have let me deliver it in the tub, but I was ready to get out anyway.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Now that you say this, I seem to remember my midwives saying the same thing. I think if I had insisted they would have let me deliver it in the tub, but I was ready to get out anyway.</div>
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Me, too. I was ready to get out, anyway....and I really didn't want to sit in yucky water (it's not yucky at all til the placenta delivers....).<br><br>
I only wish they'd given me a bigger towel!
 
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