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did anyone have or is planning on having a waterbirth?? We're planning one, but I do have some concerns/questions. I think we'll be using the Birth Pool in a Box.
which tub did you use? How did the water stay warm? When did you get out? after the baby is born or after the placenta is birthed? What if the water gets too hot? Did it actually decrease your labor "pains"? Did you tear? How did you fill it and drain it? what did you do with the labor "stuff" that was probubly floating (sac/mucus ect)? was it nasty sitting in the bloody water? weren't you freezing when you got out the tub and into your bed?
I had a waterbirth, but I can't answer most of those questions. My birth center had big tubs in each room, so they simply drained them and filled them up as they needed.
The water never was too hot, we always tested it when we turned it on to make sure it was the right temp. I did think it helped, I chose to spend most of my labor in the tub and I only got out because I was worried that it was slowing my labor down because I was too relaxed (that was an hour before she was born, so I was wrong ) I didn't tear at all and she was born in her sac, so that may have helped too. I never thought twice about sitting in the tub after she was born, even though it was a little dirty. I was holding my new baby, it didn't bother me one bit After I got out, I dont' remember being freezing, probably a little cold, but I got right into a warm bed.
Andrea, mom to 3 beautiful girls - Abigail (8) Annabelle (6) and Alexis (3)
I've had two waterbirths and one waterlabor/land birth. I'll use my home waterbirth to answer your questions though since its more pertinent information
which tub did you use?
The La Bassine pool, my MW provided it. I liked it a lot!
How did the water stay warm?
we filled the tub with straight hot water until it ran out and then cold water until it was a good temperature. Ever half hour or so we'd add a bit of hot water so it stayed at a good temperature for the whole time I was in (about 2.5 hours)
When did you get out? after the baby is born or after the placenta is birthed?
I stayed in the tub about 20 minutes after she was born, placenta was birthed after about 10 minutes
What if the water gets too hot?
We didn't have that problem, but you can just add some cold water to cool it down.
Did it actually decrease your labor "pains"?
Yes it did, intially the change is dramatic, but as you get into transition it hurts not matter where you are!! LOL I've never gone through transition out of the water so I'm not sure if it would be more or less painful.
Did you tear?
no. I only tore a teeny tiny bit with my second baby (also a waterbirth) but it wasn't even worth stitching, no tearing with my other two
How did you fill it and drain it?
We had the tub really close to our kitchen sink, so we bought a "leader hose" that was 6' long and attached it to our faucet and filled it that way. Draining, I'm not entirely sure because I wasn't there but I believe they used a longer garden hose and siphoned the water out into the yard.
what did you do with the labor "stuff" that was probubly floating (sac/mucus ect)? was it nasty sitting in the bloody water?
There wasn't really any blood in any of my waterbirths. With Kya there was a ton of vernix, but it actually was kinda cool, felt like I'd had a spa treatment afterwards! It didn't bother me at all.
weren't you freezing when you got out the tub and into your bed?
Nope, by the time I got out my house was over 80 degrees because of the hot water and tub so I didn't really get cold. I went straight to the bathroom and took a shower and then climbed in bed right after, so I never felt cold.
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Kellisa, Mama to:
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I have had two waterbirths and plan for this one to as well. I had my waterbirths at a hospital, so they set it up, kept the heat contant with a heater, and did all the work. I delivered the placenta after moving back to the bed, but don't remember lots of blood in the pool, just a little. I also don't remember being cold, but with just delivering, there is so much adreniline, I didn't notice. I also didn't tear when I waterbirthed, the only times I didn't. Hope that helps!
Jesus loving, homeschooling, gardening lover, devoted wife to a wonderful hubby and 10 kids, ages 13 down to 12.5 months . We are expecting number 11 due January 1st, 2015.
you use a fishtank net to scoop up anything that is floating around.
otherwise, I plan on having one but I am still early in pregnancy so I don't know any details yet. With my daughter I spent some time in the bathtub at home and it helped me tremendously. I had horrible back spasms from Fibromyalgia and it really really helped with those.
The only thing I was going to add was that we used a fishnet to scoop up floaters too. I tend to poop while pushing. I delivered the placenta in the water and the midwife cleaned everything so I don't really know about the cleaning. I wasn't cold when I got out. I was too pumped up to even think about it! Like kellilee, the water felt extremely great when you first get in, but things pick back up pretty quickly. The dirty water didn't bother me, but dh thought it was yuck, LOL! I don't think he will ever get in the tub with me while birthing after seeing it.
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