Jump to content

Thinking of a water birth


20 replies to this topic

#1 Roxylox

Posted 20 January 2013 - 10:24 PM

Hi all. Me and my lovely fiancé are thinking of a water birth. We have been seeing the midwives at lismore base hospital and we couldn't have asked for better support. My fiancés sister had a water birth, along with a good friend of ours. I was just wondering if there was anyone who had been through this experience at lismore ( or anywhere else) and may have some advice or stories. Thanks for your help everyone
Roxy

#2 epl0822

Posted 20 January 2013 - 10:34 PM

I was planning for a water birth but it did not happen. Bear in mind if you need fetal monitoring and are hooked up to machines you're stuck in bed!

#3 blackbird

Posted 20 January 2013 - 10:38 PM

I wanted a water birth but I was in there for 5 minutes then I wanted out lol

#4 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 20 January 2013 - 10:46 PM

I know very little about water births but have always wondered what the benefit is to the baby?

#5 ~shannon~

Posted 20 January 2013 - 10:54 PM

I wanted a water birth for my first two kids but it didn't happen (for various reasons), so I am really hoping that this bub will be born in water. I have a friend who gave birth to her first in water accidentally (she meant to get out of the bath, but baby decided otherwise), and she loved the experience so much she had three more children in water. But then I have another friend who said she was in the bath too long and didn't enjoy it, so got out.
I don't think you'll know how you feel till you're going through it.

Water births need lots of discussions beforehand so that the midwives can monitor you with waterproof dopplers, and so that you and your birth partner can be educated about what happens when baby is born. There are rules about water births... eg. if your water breaks before you go into labour it is unlikely they will let you get in the bath due to increase risk of infection.

OldGreyMare, I think the benefit is that the baby is going from one water environment to another, so there is less shock to their little bodies. But for the most part, I believe the experience is to help the mother with pain relief or at least that's why I want to do it.

Any midwives on here who can give a better explanation?

#6 ~shannon~

Posted 20 January 2013 - 11:06 PM

QUOTE (Rawr @ 20/01/2013, 11:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My water broke long before I gave birth in water. The only criteria I was given was that I had to be a low risk pregnancy and my labour needed to be fairly low risk too, which it was.

Well, that is good to know because I was told "no way" could I get in the bath after my waters had broken. That's the only reason they gave me when I had my first baby and I just accepted it. This gives me more confidence for the birth to come to insist on getting in the bath as I am also considered low risk.

#7 HappyPhantom

Posted 20 January 2013 - 11:43 PM

I have been advised not to birth in water due to large babies and shoulder dystocia risk (4.5 and 4.6 kg babies. Im 5'5"). Doesnt bother me. I had #2 on the shower floor with the shower head on my lower back - bliss.

I laboured in the bath with #1 and it irritated me so much i got out. You just have to hop in and see how it goes.  



#8 B0612

Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:02 AM

Hi op,

I had a water birth with my DS and highly recommend it as long as you have a low risk pregnancy. I found the experience to be incredible. I went into the birthing pool at 6cm as I was told i could not go into the water before 5cm as it could end up stalling the labour and found the water to be relaxing and extremely beneficial for pain relief (I found the water relaxing enough to avoid pain relief). The midwife was amazing and kept warming the water throughout and checking babies heart beat regularly. As experienced by a pp my DS came out so clean and relaxed and I experience no complications. My water also broke before I got into the water.

Definitely research water births (as you clearly are) and have a good midwife who is experienced, particularly with water births.

#9 CallMeFeral

Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:06 AM

Remember to drink a lot! I was planning a water birth and didn't have enough to drink and got ketones, so they hooked me up to the IV sad.gif
I suppose I could have still gone in the water and just kept my arm out - but it's not quite the same experience once you're hooked on a drip!

#10 Roxylox

Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:17 PM

biggrin.gif Thanks to everyone for their valuable input. We are really excited and have made an appointment this week to talk more with our midwives. biggrin.gif

#11 GoodGollyMolly

Posted 27 January 2013 - 06:43 PM

Good luck OP! I had a waterbirth and it was amazing. I had a bath at home before I went to hospital (don't know how far along I was then) and got in the bath at hospital at 8-9cm. The relief on getting in the water was instant, (although it obviously doesn't take the pain away, it was much easier to cope with for me).

As pp said, once babies head is out, there can be a short time between contractions before the rest of them comes out and they leave the water.  I do remember frantically asking the MW if he would drown, even though I knew the answer was no it still freaked me out a little bit in the moment. But it was an awesome experience I'll be aiming to repeat for any other births.



#12 R2B2

Posted 27 January 2013 - 06:59 PM

QUOTE (CallMeAliG @ 21/01/2013, 01:06 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Remember to drink a lot! I was planning a water birth and didn't have enough to drink and got ketones, so they hooked me up to the IV sad.gif
I suppose I could have still gone in the water and just kept my arm out - but it's not quite the same experience once you're hooked on a drip!



I was on a drip for my last birth (induction), which was a water birth.

I didn't notice it get in the way,it was the single most incredible experience of my life wink.gif

you can only give it a go! some love it, some dont. I found the pain relief aspect incredible.

Edited by R2B2, 27 January 2013 - 06:59 PM.


#13 ElysianLyric

Posted 27 January 2013 - 07:00 PM

Second baby was a water birth and I loved it. The hospital wasn't accredited the first time around so I spent most of that labour in the shower, which was also excellent. But with the water birth I was fully dilated and pushing before I got into the bath, so it was all very quick. Still, the water provided a lot of pain relief and I liked the gravity assistance.

Midwife explained to me that there may be a space between the head being born and the rest of the body emerging, and that no one could touch the baby while we were waiting for that final contraction. She also directed me to guide the baby up out of the water myself as she was being born - I did panic a bit just at the end, but she was right there to assist.

The major condition on water birth at my hospital, including the low risk requirement, was that you were capable of getting out of the bath at any point during the labour and birth, should any complication or need for better monitoring arise.

If I was ever going to have another baby, I would love the opportunity to birth in water again.

#14 **Renz**

Posted 28 January 2013 - 03:01 PM

As far as I know Lismore base doesnt equip for water births but mullum does

#15 ~Supernova~

Posted 28 January 2013 - 03:30 PM

I had a water birth with DS, and it is truly an amazing experience, so very different to birthing on a bed like I did with DD! DH was in the bath with me (which I didn't think either of us would be ok with considering the "mess", but he absolutely LOVED it). I never thought I would be able to do drug free, and it DID hurt like a...yeah, lol but the water really helped. I highly recommend it original.gif

Oh and my waters had partially broken prior to getting in the bath, but it wasn't a problem. I also had high blood pressure off and on during my pregnancy, but they just kept an eye on it, and everything was fine original.gif

#16 PurpleNess

Posted 28 January 2013 - 04:13 PM

Hi OP another water birther here with only fabulous things to say of my experience. I was 6 cm dilated on entry to pool at 4am & bub born at 6am, I healed very well, no tearing etc, 2 small grazes & was back to normalish after two weeks.

My tips!
Be sure to stay hydrated when in the pool - try gatorade or powerade with electrolyte replacements.
It gets HOT in there so have your birth partner briefed about a cool facewasher on your neck, forehead etc
If your labour slows on entry to the pool ( common), get on all fours, relax & focus, it'll get going again.

I am also a Hypnobirther & it prepared me beautifully for a waterbirth, I birth naturally and pain free ( don't get me wrong I felt it but it wasn't a negative feeling for me & that's what I think pain is)
My waters had broken on my only exam before getting in pool.

Open your eyes once the head is born , its incredible! Then relax & wait for bub to wiggle around & decide which way to turn to enter the world - just awesome!

Look for a midwife with water birth training.

Best of luck, you won't be sorry if you give waterbirthing a go.


#17 Shellby

Posted 28 January 2013 - 06:13 PM

I had both my boys at Lismore - back then they didn't have water births. I had one friend give birth in their normal bath, but that only happened because she refused to get out when she told them she needed to push and stayed put - she said the midwives were not happy with her doing that as they have no medical backup in their bathrooms if something went wrong or they needed to move her to do more.

As for care there - I had no issues and would birth there again if we lived in Ballina still. One piece of advice as soon as you arrive in labour ask for your name to go on the Southern Wing list as it goes on who asks order (and C/S) and lots of people forget until after they go back to their rooms  which maybe a share room and then have to wait a day or so to move there. It worked for me both times, I went straight there after birthing and was told this advice by a midwife there during one of our classes.

Good luck.




#18 CherrySunday

Posted 28 January 2013 - 06:19 PM

I intended to get in the bath for both my childrens births, but by the time I got to that point, the thought of being in water made me feel ill - I was hot and sweaty, and I was imagining getting in a warm bath in a humid bathroom, at that point, it would have been horrible for me.

I'm not saying it's like that for everyone, but just another thing to consider!

#19 Genabee

Posted 28 January 2013 - 06:31 PM

My waters broke spontaneously and then contractions started within about 10 minutes. I spent much of the day labouring in the bath, gearing up for a water birth.

However, baby had a different plan! As it turned out she was born 28 hours after my waters broke. Hospital policy at the time was that baby had to be born within 24 hours of my membranes rupturing, if I wanted to continue in the water. Because we went over that, I wasn't allowed back in the bath. So, she ended up being birthed on the bed.

I highly recommend the bath for pain relief though, even if you don't end up getting to birth in there. It was amazing!!!

Just remember also, that you probably want to avoid getting into the bath too early, as it can slow things down. Make sure you are in active labour first!

Good luck! I hope you have an amazing birth.

#20 stripeymonkey

Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:33 PM

I had a water birth there 2 years ago. Pm me if you would like any info original.gif

Edited by stripeymonkey, 01 April 2013 - 06:34 PM.


#21 jantb78

Posted 20 February 2013 - 08:32 AM

I had a water birth. It wasn't planned, but I couldn't get out of the bath once things got going! It was good for pain relief and quite comfortable. But I felt cold and the baby felt cold afterwards, so we got out quickly. I also felt the OB couldn't see what was happening very well and it was difficult for her to control the final pushing stage because of that.



Reply to this topic



  


0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

11 things that will happen when you're breastfeeding

After having three children and various degrees of success feeding them all, there's one thing I can tell you: virtually nothing will go as planned.

Surgery for baby born with a tail

A baby born with a tail has had it removed after doctors feared the birth defect might cause long term damage to his lower body.

When 'skin to skin' becomes a family affair

An adorable photo of a little boy and his dad enjoying skin to skin contact with newborn twins is melting hearts everywhere.

35 hilariously weird 'top tips'

Who would have thunk it? We never knew there were so many uses for feminine hygiene products. 

Pregnancy skin woes: acne, dry skin, itchy skin

Here are some of the most common skin complaints in pregnancy and how to tackle them, face on.

Watch this fun dance class for babywearing dads

Is there anything sexier than a babywearing dad?

Parents, this is how to cut grapes to avoid choking

One mum has learnt a harrowing lesson about the best way to cut grapes to make it safe for toddlers and little kids to eat.

When your kids have totally different temperaments

Sometimes it has felt like whiplash parenting. She perches watchfully while I vacuum; he tries to climb on and go for a ride.

How do our stress levels influence our baby?

Since having my second baby a number of people have commented on how placid, content and settled he is and, similarly, many have commented on how this is a reflection of how I am with him.

Separation anxiety isn't just for kids

Despite its prevalence, most doctors tend to be reluctant to diagnose adult patients with separation anxiety.

A charm bracelet, a boy, and my beliefs questioned

I was staring at the face of my son, realising that my once steadfast decision to be open minded was quickly unravelling at the seams.

Why I'm so grateful for Hayden Panettiere's PND honesty

There are baby steps and giant leaps forward. But there are steps backwards, too. And, oh, how they can hurt your heart.

The heartbreaking story of little Moko

The mother of 3-year-old Moko Rangitoheriri said she should have picked up on the signs. {Warning: distressing content}

Kate Beckinsale and teen daughter recreate birth photo

Kate Beckinsale has recreated her daughter Lily's birth photo, 17 years after she was born.

The adult-size stroller you'll want to test drive

It's one of the biggest baby related purchases they will make, so it makes sense that parents-to-be get a chance to road test a stroller.

Pregnancy announcement shows the reality of IVF

It's a long way from baby booties or bump shots people have become accustomed to in social media pregnancy announcements.  

Soleil Moon Frye welcomes fourth baby

"Punky Brewster" is a mom again, for the fourth time. Soleil Moon Frye announced the birth of her baby boy, Story, on Instagram Wednesday.

Mum breastfeeds baby found abandoned on the street

A woman has been praised as a "beautiful mother" after breastfeeding a baby which had been abandoned at the side of a street. 

A birth with a difference: the 'natural caesarean'

We've shared stories of gentle caesareans before, but a new video shows a new option called a 'natural caesarean'.

Baby name inspiration by music genre

If you're all about the music, then you'll need a musical name for that baby. We've got all the lists for you by music genre.

Giving effective instructions to toddlers

One of the most common errors made by parents is in how they give instructions to their children.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

The babies who are one in 70 million

Bethani Webb was excited to find out she was pregnant, but the first time mum did not realise she was carrying four babies not one.

Cafe offers breastfeeding mums a free cup of tea

A Sydney cafe is offering breastfeeding mums free cups of tea in a bid to show support for the right of women to nurse their babies wherever they choose.

To snip or not to snip? When the decision is not clear cut

Jamie Oliver, who considered a vasectomy, is to be a father again. A fellow dad reflects on his own decision 11 years ago

Doctors stunned by rare twins born almost six weeks apart

To everyone's surprise, Kristen Miller "kept doing better each day", keeping her second baby safe.

Baby book ideas for modern parents

Before my son was born I was given a lovely baby book full of blank pages waiting to be filled with weights and heights and first words.

The adorable smile of a baby seeing his mum clearly for the first time

There is no doubt seeing their child smile for the first time is an unforgettable moment for parents everywhere.

Mum tells how toddler 'nearly hung himself' in cot mishap

When Alison Johnson put her 18-month-old Caleb down for a nap, she had no reason to believe her son was in any danger.

Babies are still switched at birth? Yes, it can happen

All my panic and tears aside, my biggest question looking back is about the kind of security measures used in the maternity ward.

Doctors slammed for taking selfie with newborn

Everyone who visits a mum in hospital in the days following childbirth wants to get a photo with the new baby.

ergoPouch Twosie Sleepsuit for winter breastfeeding

Finally, there's a way to keep warm while breastfeeding through winter.

Health check: How long does sex 'normally' last?

What to do with this information? My advice would be to try not to think about it during the throes of passion.

When breastfeeding sucks: fixing common problems

From niplash to tight boobs, biting to milk supply issues, Pinky McKay looks at common breastfeeding issues and how to solve them.

10 things I've learnt in my first six months with twins

Six months on we're all still alive, and the more we get to know each other the easier the days become.

Mum's loving kiss leaves baby fighting for life

Kirsty Carrington thought nothing of giving her newborn son a kiss, little did she know it would leave the baby fighting for life.

When doing chores is your new 'me time'

After children, 'me time' looks a little different.

Get going: 14 travel strollers for families on the move

A stroller can make or break travelling with a baby or toddler. Here are 15 great single travel stroller options.

10 ways toddlers are terrific

It always pays to remind yourself of how terrific toddlers can be - they're little like this for such a short time

 

Vintage Toys

The toys of your childhood

Take a trip down memory lane with these vinage and retro toys that you may have had in your childhood or your parent's childhood.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.