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HollyNE2 April 30th, 2013 01:56 PM

Water births
At the hospital I am going to deliver at, they have birthing tubs in all of their delivery rooms. For the BTDT mommas, how was your water birth experience? Would you do it again? Did it help you relax and ease some of the labor pains? I'm very interested in this and I am considering trying it.

kjm April 30th, 2013 02:01 PM

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I will be doing a water birth this time at a birth center. Make sure you check with your hospital, I know at most where they offer "birthing tubs" they only allow you to use them for labor and not the actual delivery

alittlelost April 30th, 2013 02:18 PM

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Originally Posted by KASHWORTH (Post 27329052)
I will be doing a water birth this time at a birth center. Make sure you check with your hospital, I know at most where they offer "birthing tubs" they only allow you to use them for labor and not the actual delivery

Ditto this. No hospitals down here allow an actual water birth and will drug you against your will if that is what it takes to get you out of the tub and onto the bed.

If you want one just for the labor, be sure they are in every room or you might not get one if other mamas snap the rooms up with the birth tubs first.

FWIW, I had a water birth (in a birth center) and it was the best experience ever. There is no comparison between how gentle and natural that felt compared to giving birth on a bed. Looking forward to doing it again this time.

HollyNE2 April 30th, 2013 02:42 PM

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I haven't had the hospital tour yet, so I'm not sure if I would be allowed to deliver in the tub or not. If not I think I'd be ok with using it just for labor if it will help relax me more.
I've had wonderful hospital experiences with all three of my boys, but the 22 hour labor I had with my youngest was the hardest and I keep thinking maybe laboring in the water may have eased it up a bit.

Babsbabies April 30th, 2013 03:43 PM

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My hospital has tubs, but like others have mentioned, they are only for laboring and you can't actually give birth in them. And they aren't in every room so it's subject to the availability when you arrive. I'm hoping to snag one! I haven't had any sort of water birth before so I have no experience. But, I do have friends who have had hospital births in the tub, so I know some places must allow it.

And I'm pretty sure at my hospital, you can't use the tub if you are a VBAC or if your water has already broken.

mamalamb April 30th, 2013 06:00 PM

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I *think* my hospital may have installed tubs (for laboring) in some of the rooms, but I'm not positive. I know they all have showers you can use...although I recall them asking me at some point (when I wasn't that far progressed) during my last labor if I wanted to try getting in the shower and I wasn't interested, so IDK if it is something I would try or not...

Husher April 30th, 2013 06:48 PM

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I had a water birth with our last son and it was AMAZING. Seriously, it was the best experience of my life. It was soooo calming and I cannot wait to do it again. Even if you're not allowed to deliver in the water, I'd definitely recommend laboring in there as long as possible. There's just so much freedom in the water. You can switch positions easily and fluidly. It's just incredible. :)

LadyGamer April 30th, 2013 11:21 PM

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I really want to labor in a tub. I'm not sure if that is an option yet for me :)

yvee80 May 1st, 2013 04:04 AM

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I want to labor in the birthing tub I am almost positive my hospital has them in every room.

cypressmama May 1st, 2013 07:15 AM

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i labored in the water but I had been going at it for so long before I finally got in the tub that everyone was EXHAUSTED and all passed out (besides the midwife). At first it was amazing, I was finally left alone and able to actually relax and it was that that helped me finally go into transition, just as the contrax were getting strong and close enough to do something the water got cold and I wasn't in a place mentally to speak up. It didn't occur to me that they could just warm the water up, I wanted out:) so I ended up delivering on the bed.
This time around I fully intend to do a water birth and have a doula who's main job will be to make sure my water stays warm and I am drinking or snacking on something.

As far as hospital births; this may go without saying, but if you have an epidural they wont let you labor in the tub.. It may be super obvious but I didn't know that until recently.
I have heard that delivering in the water helps ease the ring of fire by so much.. That would be cool:D

Dandelion May 1st, 2013 08:29 AM

Ditto to what's been said. In our area, they only let you labor in our hospital birth tubs. You can't deliver in them, sadly.

MyFantasticFour May 1st, 2013 09:08 AM

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I'm still trying to decide about whether or not to have a tub. I hate stagnant water so much...I need jets to be comfy and if I have a tub at home, it's just going to be the inflatable kind that sit there. At the same time, everyone seems to love their water births so much!

amanda_jane15 May 7th, 2013 06:03 PM

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Our hospital has a birthing suite for people who desire a natural unmedicated birth. You are allowed to labor and birth in the tub. Its a really big tub. I recommend if you get in to labor and have the option of birthing in the tub, do it. Last time I labored in the tub then made the mistake of getting out....thought I was going to have my baby right in the floor! :o He was fine but it was majorly intense, had I just stayed in, it would've been more calm I think.

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