Post # 1
Not pregnant or even TTC yet, but I’ve been wanting to have a water birth for a while now when that time comes. However, I don’t want to have a home birth.
Has anyone on the Bee had a water birth in a hospital?? I *think* one of the hospitals in my city offers this, but I’m not sure how difficult it is to actually do (how many tubs they have, doctors being against it, insurance coverage, etc).
I’d love to hear stories if anyone has them!
Post # 2
emsie : The hospitals in my area do not allow you to give birth in the tub and they do not even have tubs, but they will allow you to labor in a shower. I chose a birthing center with midwives and loved it (doing the same for this baby due in May). I live 40 miles from the nearest hospitals and did not feel comfortable with a home birth in case any problems arose. In a hospital you will often be hooked to monitors to measure your contractions, the baby’s heart rate, and you will likely have an IV, which could make being in water impossible. If you really want a water birth I would look into birthing centers with midwives in your area, as their philosophy is usually much more in line than a hospital in allowing you to give birth as you choose. I loved being in the tub during labor (it was very relaxing and great pain relief) but I got too hot while pushing and needed to be in a more active position (hands and knees and then on a birthing stool). Good luck!
ETA: The midwives I go to use a Doppler to intermittently monitor the baby’s heart rate during labor. A Doppler can be used underwater, unlike the continual fetal monitoring that most OBs at hospitals use. Just something else to consider! My insurance covered a birth center birth and it was much, much cheaper than a hospital delivery.
Post # 3
I absolutely intend to have a home water birth when the time comes (as long as I’m low risk, of course). Perhaps you should look into birthing centers that are attached to hospitals? I don’t think there are many OBs that allow water since they use so many monitors that aren’t designed for water births, and also they are trained in having women give birth on their backs instead of squatting or on their knees.
Good luck with whatever you decide!
Post # 4
I want to do this too, my first choice will be a birthing centre at a hospital, so if you need any interventions i.e emergency c section its a quick transfer.
Post # 5
U.K. Bee here. Most hospitals in the UK allow water births and they are encouraged here. I really wanted one but nature took over and I wasn’t able to have one.
With these things it’s worth knowing your options but not get too wedded to a particular birth … things never go to plan
Post # 6
I am a nurse on a high risk pregnancy unit. Tub births aren’t generally one of the options my patients get, however, the hospital I work at does have the option for a tub birth. I believe there is only one or two tubs though, so it is a first some first serve basis. There is a midwive group that delivers at the hospital so women that choose a more natural approach to childbirth may do so while also in the comfort of a hospital setting.
I may be biased as an OB nurse and certainly as a nurse that takes care of women with high risk pregnancies… But I can’t see myself purposefully giving birth outside of a hospital! I have just seen moms that have had such horrible circumstances in my short career (been a nurse for less than a year). There are options available that allow you to feel as though you are not in the hopsital and hooked up to machines to give birth while still being in a hospital and close to immedicate care for your baby if something were to happen. I knew I always wanted a hospital birth, but after taking care of a mom that had to do CPR on their baby while waiting for an ambulance(baby ended up okay due to mom actually taking CPR class the week prior), I knew that decision was final! Many women have had splendid and perfectly uneventful(in a good way) tub births at home. But as a person that works in the field and maybe knows to much… Hospital delivery is for me!
Just research the options the hospitals around you offer. I certainly have a bias towards a hospital setting a nurse that works in a hospital. But if you choose to have a home tub birth (which is also totally acceptable and I’ve been many successful cases), I suggest to get CPR certified or have someone CPR certified that will attend the birth.
That may have been a bit of a rant. I just worked a few overnight shifts in a row 🙂
Post # 7
mallorinicole : I’ve got a few typos… hope you can decipher my ramblings here… Again I worked a few night shifts… And now doing aditional homework assingments…
Post # 8
mallorinicole : I can understand your perspective as a nurse that has seen many high risk pregnancies and emergency situations and see why you would be more comfortable in a hospital! I’d just like to point out that midwives are trained medical professionals. They absolutely know CPR. The ones I see are nurse practitioners and two out of the three I see worked as L&D nurses for years as well. They carefully screen all their patients to make sure they are low-risk. if anything arises they refer you to the OB affiliated with their practice well before your baby’s birth, although they will still accompany you to the hospital to provide help and support. Obviously placenta previa, breech baby, twins, delivering before 37 weeks, etc. will mean a hospital birth. Nationally accredited birth centers with certified nurse midwives actually produce the same results for low-risk, healthy pregnancies as hospital births with OBs (I can find sources if you’re interested). Anyway, I’m in no way trying to change your mind as I believe everyone should have the kind of birth they want (circumstances permitting). I just think there are a lot of misconceptions about home births, midwives and birth centers and I have seen a lot of them on the Bee!
Post # 9
MrsAKSkier : Oh I am sure that there are similar stats between low risk home births or hospital tub births with midwives and hospital births with regular OBGYNS. And I definately agree that there are some misconceptions about home births and midwives floating around. I’m certainly not the best person to speak on natural, intervention-free births, as I tend to work with a high risk population that has maternal fetal medicine specialists consulting on cases and can often times result in emergency deliveries. Just thought my field could provide a different view than most are used to seeing
Post # 10
I haven’t but friends have and they report an amazing difference once they got in the birth pool. It’s quite common in the U.K. for straightforward deliveries, the women may have leave the pool for delivery (one friend needed forceps) but not always by any means. They found labour much less painful and stressful in the water. The midwives also dim the lights so it’s a very calm, private environment.
Post # 11
Before giving birth, I thought how nice it would be to labor in water. My hospital gave me the option to do so (birth in a tub would not have been an option, though) and I tried it. It was the most uncomfortable thing ever – during contractions I wanted to move and not lie down – so being in the water did absolutely nothing for me. You will have to see how you feel and what works for you.
Post # 12
Another U.K. Bee here but yes water birthing is widely available. Most towns/cities have either a birthing unit attached to a hospital and/or a midwife led stand alone unit with connections to nearby hospital if transfers needed. Both of these have birthing pools. They generally have a low transfer rate too.
When youre pregnant you can talk to your midwife about the options and also your various local facilities to see what you like best.
Also, as you’re interested in water birth and therefore possibly low medical intervention for normal birthing, then check out Ina may gaskin’s books (guide to childbirth is a good start) and active birth groups in your area/active birth Facebook pages.
Post # 13
I havn’t toured the facilities yet but he hospital I will give birth at has a hot tup in every delivery room. I’m near Boston so there are hositals in the US that allow it.
Post # 14
Our hospital has jacuzzi tubs with the jets. I laboured in the tub, but wasn’t allowed the ‘pushing’ part, because they can’t sterilize the jets – therefore don’t want blood and tissue in the water.
I LOVED the water – it was relaxing, and got rid of 90% of the pain. I fought with the nurses when they forced me to get out to complete labour outside the tub. The warm water was so relaxing – but out on the delivery table I was cold, damp, and in pain.
I think a water birth would be so much nicer – even to get through the early stages of labour I highly recommend it.
Post # 15
U.S. Bee here…Indiana (just moved from Illinois)
I’m 38.5 weeks pregnant and our plan is a water birth at hospital. At our hospital there are 3 birth pools and only midwives will deliver water birth. We plan as soon as we get there to request one. I think it’ll be fine since 89% of the women at this hospital get epidural (which means no water birth or even laboring in pool).
We just moved here and where we came from only 1 of 3 hospitals had labor pools, birthing wasn’/isn’t allowed (they were very tiny tubs).
Again, our plan is water birth but who knows how I’ll feel when times comes, I might decide some other position which I’ve heard does happen