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February 8th, 2013, 07:09 PM
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Washington State
I've had 2.5 lol (first baby I "had" to get out right before delivery per hospital policy).
Second birth was at a birth center, so it was a big 2 person jacuzzi tub.
Third was at home in an inflatable tub (not sure the brand, big, blue, with a padded floor).
I will opt for a water birth every time if I can!! I love it. Water is very calming to me, I can let me hands float, which encourages my shoulders to relax, leading the rest of me to relax. I think it helps with tearing as well. And your baby is less "gooey" when you first hold him/her haha.
I do find it helps ease the pain. I preferred the inflatable tub over the jacuzzi tub. The jets were sort of nice early on, but towards the end they just irritate me. The only thing I didn't like was that if my toddler bumped into the tub it would shake the water and make me lose my focus and be in more pain.
I found out today that my boss had a waterbirth too! That was pretty cool because she just never struck me as a "natural" minded person, if that makes sense.
Kellisa, Mama to:
Courtney, Nola, Kya, and Whitney
Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, training to be an IBCLC!
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