Post # 1
Anyone have a water birth?
My nephew was born that way. (Wanna know what was cool? I heard that my brother’s gf water didn’t break, so when she gave birth to him, he came out in the sac and still intact. They said that doesn’t happen often. haha, I laugh about it because he probably thought it felt like a slip-in-slide for him.)
It sounds like a cool way to give birth. I read real briefly that there are some risks to the baby.
My nephew was actually born at a hospital and not at home. It’s great that hospital are allowing women to have the option to have water births.
Post # 3
@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
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
@808bride: Interesting…I never knew the logistics of it, purchasing your own liner. Additionally, I look forward to your experience.
Post # 6
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
My hospital has jacuzzis in the maternity ward. Fancy fancy!
Post # 8
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
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 # 10
Yeah, after visiting all of those websites, I think I want to do that when I do become pregnant. I found a birth center that looks really nice but the only problem is that they don’t do high risk patients. I don’t know if I will be considered high risk, my husband does have severe asthma and there’s a chance the baby might have it. 🙁
Post # 11
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
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
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.