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Thank you so much for sharing your waterbirthing experiences. I especially like that you threw in the little 'poo' incident...........that's one of the things i worried about lol. I know most women do it when pushing, but when your in a bed its much easier for the midwife or doc to hide it. My midwife assured me though that if it happens, she will be quick to scoop it out with her "pooper scooper" she said lol. I had tears in my eyes as I read your stories, and wow on the quick unexpected bathtub delivery!! I myself am not brave enough for a homebirth.........even if i were, it's illegal in Indiana for my midwife to attend. That's why I love that my hospital is so Pro Natural Birth. They are actually in the process of building the whole new maternity floor in which all of the birthing suites will have the built in jacuzzi birthing tubs. They're due to be done and ready to use by September which is perfect since I'm not due until November.
My biggest fears going into this delivery are A) i won't make it to the hospital. What worries me most about this is that my husband is very very squeemish when it comes to childbirth lol, he refused to even look down there during any of the deliveries, and I have my doubts on whether or not he could handle it on his own if he had too. With how fast my last labor went, i want to get an emergency delivery kit, and educate my daughter (age 10) as well as my husband on what to do if it happens.........figure i better have my daughter as back up incase daddy is passed out lol.
B) that my water will break and I will not go into labor like last time and need pitocin. I would be devestated if i had to miss out on a waterbirth due to the need for pitocin =( This is my last baby, so my only chance for a waterbirth. (only 1 of my 4 kids were delivered without pit. - 1st 2 however were sheduled inductions)
and C) that my water will break or go into labor before the 37 week mark (my youngest was born on 37 weeks to the day). I had a dream the other night that i went into labor at 35 1/2 weeks and wasn't allowed the waterbirth. My midwife gave me the criteria for waterbirth at my last visit, and one of the criteria is that you have to be 37 weeks, even a day before that...........to the bed I go.
I really hope to be posting a waterbirth story of my own near the end of this year
Mom of 2 girls and 6 boys
& never forgetting our angel Tristan ~ lost 2/6/03 @ 20 weeks