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#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

#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.

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