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 HeroOfCanton

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



  


1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Special offer: The Baby & Toddler Show 2014

At The Baby & Toddler Show, you?ll find everything you need to get ready for your new arrival and guide you through the early weeks and years of parenting.

An open letter to Tony Abbott: please salvage our super

We face financial ruin, but most of us don?t realise it. If we don?t act together to salvage our superannuation, I have no doubt the new GFC will be the Girls? Financial Crisis.

'I'm happy to know I'm changing lives': surrogate mum of two

I know that once the baby is born, I will focus on the gift I have given, and watch the parents with their new child. I can't wait for that day.

Birth trauma and the issue of informed consent

There is a perception that women should just be happy they have a healthy baby in their arms. But for women who experienced birth trauma, there's a lot more to it.

Tips for managing pollen allergies and hayfever

They're simple tips, but they can have a big impact on those who suffer from hayfever and pollen allergies.

Ada Nicodemou shares tribute to her stillborn baby

Just over one month since Ada Nicodemou and her husband lost their second son, the Home and Away star has shared a touching poem for her baby.

Mum causes stir breastfeeding on train

?To the woman breastfeeding her kid on the train. Seriously! On the train?" began the letter of complaint.

10 things they don?t tell you about being pregnant

As I slowly waddle my ever-changing pregnant body towards the finishing line of my due date, it?s becoming increasingly clear there are a lot of things they just don?t tell you about pregnancy.

Overcoming a fear of the dark

A toddler's fear of the dark is very normal, but there are ways parents can help children through this stage in their development.

Kids, TV and movies: how young is too young?

It seems you don't have to throw the TV and iPad out the window - it all boils down to moderation, supervision and interaction.

Video: Baby's first birthday is a special day for mum, too

?A baby?s first birthday is also mum?s first birthday.?

The day Supernanny came to tea

Prince William's favourite celebrity child trainer Jo Frost puts Bryony Gordon and her toddler through their paces.

Tales from the homefront

When you're at work you sort of assume that your house is basically just sitting there quietly doing nothing until you return. However, since spending my days at home, I've learned this couldn't be further from the truth.

The words I hated hearing as new mum

It was less than a week after my son was born that I first heard it - from my mother.

To the pharmacist who sold me baby formula

On the rare occasion I catch sight of you at school, or around town, I think back to our earliest exchange. I?m sure you have no recollection of it at all.

Babies may benefit from autism therapy

Children showing signs of autism don't usually receive early intervention until well into toddlerhood or later, but a new study suggests infants with symptoms of the developmental disorder might benefit from therapy from as early as six months.

Knatalye and Adeline born with an everlasting bond

Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith are a lot like any other identical twin girls, but there is one dramatic difference: they're joined at the chest and shares several internal organs.

The question this dad wishes he'd asked his wife

I should have seen that my wife wasn't the same person I'd fallen in love with, but we were both too focused on simply trying to get by.

Why we should talk about the deaths of the Hunt children

The deaths are too horrible even to think about. Yet we owe it to the children - Fletcher, Mia and Phoebe Hunt - to think long and hard about it all.

Baby dies of meningococcal weeks after vaccine application denied

A six-month-old girl has died from meningococcal disease just weeks after an application for government funding of a vaccine for the most deadly strain of the virus was rejected.

Finding the right balance when playing with your kids

Being too involved in our children?s play and not allowing our kids enough free time for unstructured activities can mean our kids miss out on the value that play offers.

Creative DIY light shades

The Pop Light light shade comes in a flat pack already made - it's up to you to design it as you'd like.

The battle of iParenting versus imagination

Have we forgotten how to be imaginative, resourceful parents?

Why movement is so important for your baby's growth

Letting your child move as much as possible in the early years ? using all senses, engaging in the real world, preferably outside ? will help them grow up healthier, smarter, calmer and stronger.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Special offer: The Baby & Toddler Show 2014

At The Baby & Toddler Show, you?ll find everything you need to get ready for your new arrival and guide you through the early weeks and years of parenting.

Losing yourself to motherhood

While watching your baby grow into a unique little person is exciting and wondrous, the intensity of meeting everyone else?s needs can ever so sneakily overtake your own needs for self-care.

Tearing during delivery: the facts

Almost all women will experience bruising, grazing or tearing after a vaginal birth. Depending on the degree of tearing, there are various treatments available.

6 tips for a day out with a baby and toddler

Outings can be lots of fun with the kids, but there are inevitable challenges. Here's some information about days out to help you be a little more prepared.

Why I invited a dozen people to watch my son's birth

I sent invitations on burgundy scrapbooking paper stamped with a field of poppies, and told each person why I wanted him or her there. I warned that there would be nudity.

Getting labour started: tips for a natural induction

When your baby?s due date comes and goes without so much as a pop - let alone a bang - it can be disheartening. Mums and a doula share their stories of natural inductions.

7 mistakes old hands make with new babies

As I sat across the table from my friend ? me, a seasoned mother of three; her, a brand new mum ? I thought of all the mistakes an old-hand parent can make when visiting a newborn baby.

That's my boy: a dad's diary of the first 4 months

Unbearable anxiety, unspeakable joy, constant exhaustion and bouts of frustration ... The many shocks of first-time fatherhood resound in a dad's diary of his son's early months.

One of the most important things a new mum can do

Finances may not be as cute as a newborn, but with many women?s working arrangements changing post-baby, monetary matters need attention too.

Single, pregnant - and 51

She first became a mum at 49 - now, two years later, Tracey Khan is pregnant with her second child.

Personalised baby gifts

We've scoured the internet to find gorgeous personalised keepsakes and nursery decor to record baby name and dates. They make great gifts for christenings, name days and birthdays! (All prices in AU.)

 

Reader offer

2 FOR 1 TICKET OFFER

For Shopping, For Advice, For Baby & You. Enjoy a special day out with fabulous shopping from over 200 brands, leading parenting experts offering advice on a range of topics, and amazing children?s entertainment

 
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.