(Closed) Water Births?

posted 9 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
2867 posts
Sugar bee

@ttn133:  I’ve heard good things about waterbirth–pain management, child comes out “less tramatically,” and the buoyancy helps along the labor.  However, there are risks involved.  For instance, prolonged high temperature on the laboring body and baby and potential infections during birth, not to mention if the baby takes it’s first breath under water (I read though that as long as the baby is submerged it’s fine, it won’t try to breath, but once it comes up for air, then it needs to be removed).

I think it’s awesome some hospitals and birthing centers are offering this service.  My only concern would be how to clean these tubs/pools are and what sort of chemicals they use to maintain it.

Post # 4
1145 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

I’m doing this @ the hospital within another month or two. I’ll let u know how it goes. It’s actually a  water labor pool as I have to get out to birth on the bed not in the pool.  Not sure how you clean it but  you need to individually purchase a hygenic pool insert for around $50.  The idea has not caught on quite yet so they are rarely used.

Post # 5
2867 posts
Sugar bee

@808bride:  Interesting…I never knew the logistics of it, purchasing your own liner.  Additionally, I look forward to your experience.

Post # 6
5 posts

Mrs. Avocado had an at home water birth and posted the whole experience (and meticulous research) on her personal blog. If you search for the “birth” tag on her blog, it should bring up the whole research/reasoning behind their decision for a water home birth, the preparation, and the birth itself.


Here’s the link for the actualy documentation of the labor/birth itself 🙂 While I personally am leary of having a water birth myself, I have to say seeing Mrs. Avocado’s birthing experience is a beautiful, beautiful thing 🙂




Hope this helps. Like I said, she and her husband did a very meticulous research before deciding that this is the best for their family.

Post # 7
14181 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

My hospital has jacuzzis in the maternity ward. Fancy fancy!

Post # 8
2029 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I took a water birth class and am planning a home water birth. I have sciatia, so I am interested in waterbirth because my siatica does not hurt in water so I will be able to use more labor positions. The risks of water birth are very low compared to the big advantages. We’re excited about it!

Post # 9
921 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I actually was the first baby at a hospictal in NJ to be born that way there. I was in the newspaper!  apparently its supposed to ease the birthing process..The article also said the lights were dimmed and soft music was playing (although the news was on at the time)….

Post # 11
1854 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I can’t wait to read other people’s experiences!

I would love to do a water birth when I’m at that point… I know of a few companies that rent the birthing tubs; but I don’t know if they’ll allow me to use it at the hospital or not…

Darling Husband is adamant that I have to give birth at the hospital and nowhere else; so I hope that they’ll be flexible enough there that I can do a water birth..

Post # 12
792 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Four of my friends have had waterbirths in the last year! We rented a big tub for our homebirth but I actually didn’t use it too much. I dug the shower a lot more. I say go for it!

Post # 13
1645 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m considering a water birth as well. The hospital I’m going to has one special room with a tub that can be used for labor and delivery. You have to reserve it as soon as you get there and it is first come first serve, so it’s not a guarantee that I can use it, but I like having the option. one of the midwives I met with last week said that some women can’t stand the warm water temp and others feel it is harder to push in the tub.

@beekiss2: In the reading I’ve done, there was no increase in infection just by being in the brithing tub for labor and/or delivery. You are much more likely to have an infection due to frequent internal exams, having your water broken artificially, or internal monitoring.

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