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October 12th, 2008, 07:02 PM
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I recieve the weekly pregnancy updates from JM, and I'm a bit puzzled by this. This week, they discussed different positions and types of births, one being water bith. They list benefits and risks, and the only risk for water birth (not quoted exactly) - "There hasn't been enough studies to prove water birth to be safe".
First, has there ever been a reason to make people believe it's unsafe? I've never heard of a woman having a negative incident during laboring or giving birth in the water.
Second, we more than freely promote interventions as being "Safe until proven otherwise" and something that is as innocent as a water birth is being presented like this? It's sad because they had to put that in there. All it does is plant the idea in women's heads that there is this possibility it could be unsafe. We all know as mothers, that is all it takes to make many of us shy away from an idea.
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October 12th, 2008, 09:45 PM
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I agree, that doesn't make any sense. If there are no known risks- how can they say it hasn't been proven to be safe. I know hospitals won't let you labor in water after your water has broken- they say you risk infection. I want to have a water birth and I've done the research. It is safe, especially if you use a midwife who has water birth experience.
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October 12th, 2008, 10:47 PM
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Wow! I'm really shocked by that. I've read so much about it, and everything I have read says that in uncomplicated pregnancies it's perfectly safe. In fact, I've read so much about what a great transition it is for baby since they are going from one water environment to another. I'm disappointed to see that it would be portrayed in such a way.
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October 13th, 2008, 01:32 PM
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you get those right from JM? I wonder who would be the contact person for something like that. Cause seriously, I want to complain.


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October 13th, 2008, 02:05 PM
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wow thats a bit much
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October 14th, 2008, 05:20 AM
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wow- that stinks! I think that should be changed for sure.
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October 20th, 2008, 02:01 PM
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In "Gentle Birth Choices" the only mention of risk is holding your baby under water too long. I guess when water births started up again more in the 80's and 90's people weren't so smart about it. They held their baby under the water for up to 15-20 min. for the baby to have a nice transition into the world. Some accidental deaths happened due to the placenta detaching, thus baby loosing it's source of oxygen. Now it's more standard procedure to bring the baby up for air asap.

Otherwise, infection is the only other "risk" I've heard of but usually relating to hospital ideas and procedures.
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October 20th, 2008, 02:48 PM
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In "Gentle Birth Choices" the only mention of risk is holding your baby under water too long. I guess when water births started up again more in the 80's and 90's people weren't so smart about it. They held their baby under the water for up to 15-20 min. for the baby to have a nice transition into the world. Some accidental deaths happened due to the placenta detaching, thus baby loosing it's source of oxygen. Now it's more standard procedure to bring the baby up for air asap.[/b]
Wow, that is terrible! I am planning on a water birth but I don't think I would want to keep my baby underwater for any length of time. It's not a sure thing exactly how long the cord will keep supplying oxygen or when the placenta will detach.
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October 20th, 2008, 02:50 PM
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My guess is it was written by someone who needed to cover their butt, just in case someone read it and happened to have a waterbirth that had a negative effect and decided to blame the author.
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October 20th, 2008, 04:24 PM
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FYI- my hospital does allow you in the tub after your water has broken. I think they are a rarity.

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October 21st, 2008, 05:29 AM
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That is untrue...it is safe to birth underwater, as long as you bring the baby up quickly, as one PP said. I was unhappy with my hospital because they did not allow me to birth in the tub (just hospital policy). I labored in the tub from 5 to 10 centimeters, then I had to get out to push.
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