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May 2nd, 2008, 02:55 PM
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Heather the Mama Duk
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Using a regular tub depends. Our tub is this tiny annoying thing that's really old and the stopper is in-line and has rotted away a bit so the water all leaks out. It just wouldn't be practical for giving birth. On the other hand, if you have a nice big tub you can labor and possibly deliver in it (depends on the midwife). You'd have to clean it well beforehand of course. The labor tubs you can rent are really nice and big. Most midwives have them and there are other places you can rent them from, too. I even know of a few regular people around me who have had a few waterbirths and just bought their own and rent it out.

Pros - don't have to go anywhere, don't have to fight stupid hospital protocols, homebirth midwives tend to be hands off and do what you want them to do, in your own place where you can move around and eat and drink however you want, comfort level is higher in your own space, around your own germs that you are already immune to

Cons - if something goes wrong you have to go to the hospital in hard labor or after giving birth, people think you are weird
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