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February 11th, 2013, 12:27 PM
Join Date: Jan 2008
My first was a hospital birth, and they didn't allow water birth, so I labored in the tub for a bit during transition (got to the hospital at 9cm) before getting out to use the toilet and then started pushing.
My second was a home water birth and I LOVED it! I can see how it's not for everyone, but it really helped me relax. and I felt so CLEAN afterwords! That part really surprised me, compared to my "land" birth where I felt so dirty and had to shower immediately after! I didn't shower until the next day after my water birth.
The only thing we will do differently this time around is have DH IN the tub with me to help support me. We had the tub pretty full so I could have my lower back submerged while on hands and knees, and when my baby was born he had a short cord, so it made it kind of awkward to hold him with one arm, and support/lift myself up out of the water a little bit with the other arm.
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