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kayla8599 April 3rd, 2012 01:07 AM

How do you feel about water births?
 
Hey everyone! My first post, due July 6th with my second child and my first girl! My first delivery with my son about 8 years ago was very painful and traditional, enduced with petosin(sorry I'm sure I spelled that wrong), given an epidural(which punctured my spinal column so not all the medication was being administered properly yet I was still stuck with limited mobility) so they gave me iv drugs to help "take the edge off" and I was completely terrified, and woozy the whole time.

Needless to say this time around I wanted a completely DIFFERENT experience! Lol. Coming from a family who believes 100% in western medicine I was never really introduced to the idea of alternative care drug free methods when it came to labor. I assumed everyone delivered on their back with their feet in stirrups screaming in agony, thankfully after working with a few midwives and dulas as a chiropractic office manager I was told about water births being the alternative to epidurals and medication for pain relief. This sparked my interest so I began researching. Mind you I was very skeptical because of my upbringing and the whole idea seemed...messy. I now however find myself intrigued by this process and motivated to give it a shot, my husbands family is very traditional as well so I'm sure they will think of me as a crazy hippy but I'm willing to deal with that for a less intense labor allowing me the ability to control my own body versus being told when to push and how to breath. Here's my question:

Have you experienced this personally and what are your thoughts?
Any suggestions on how to deal with the in-laws labeling me? Did you have to deal with that as well?
If you havent would you consider it or are you planning to as well?

therevslady April 3rd, 2012 05:34 AM

Re: How do you feel about water births?
 
I'm planning a water birth (I was last time too, but my labor was too fast and I never made it to the water- no complaints). I also mostly deal with water births as a doula. I am a big fan. I actually feel like it contains the mess and is easier to clean up after than a "land" birth. It does a pretty good job of "taking off the edge" when you need it the most in a non-invasive way.

As far as the concern from family- it's really none of their business. I don't really tell my family the details of my births. They never ask (just assume) about epidurals, pain relief, etc. They now assume mostly correct that I don't do drugs in labor because of the pictures they have seen on my website through my job. It's really your in-laws problem if they try to label you. It's ok to be different though. You have to admit, it's very different from the way most of our mother's birthed. But really I wouldn't talk too much about it until after the fact.

If it helps your MIL, you can call it the "Aquadural" lol

MissMeliss0522 April 3rd, 2012 05:41 AM

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With my first, I desperately wanted a water birth... I was able to labor in the water, and it made such a difference. I can only imagine the relief you would feel during delivery. In my short experience, I noticed my anxiety level and nerves relaxed almost as soon as I was surrounded by the warmth of the water. The ability to easily sway back and forth through each contraction was as peaceful and focusing as possible. I say you should give it a shot if thats what you really want. I don't think anyone else has a say in how you decide you want to bring your baby into the world. I have had 2 natural deliveries and a medicated delivery, and just from my experiences, I healed much faster with my natural deliveries :) Good luck to you and I hope you are able to get the experience you want!

Mamacc April 3rd, 2012 06:22 AM

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I'm definitely interested in a water birth. I spent a lot of time on the shower with my previous 3 natural hypnobirths. I found the water very soothing, so this time I'm thinking to be in the shower and switch to the tub. I got too hot in the tub with my first baby...maybe cause I got in too soon.

The only thing that concerns me is that I read a little online about some water birth newborns having more respiratory issues. I don't know if there's much truth to that or not though..:.

therevslady April 3rd, 2012 06:33 AM

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Originally Posted by Mamacc (Post 25840778)

The only thing that concerns me is that I read a little online about some water birth newborns having more respiratory issues. I don't know if there's much truth to that or not though..:.

There has been no known research that says this. It's just speculation. I have NEVER seen a water baby with respiratory problems. I have seen LOTS AND LOTS of land babies who are overly suctioned wind up with respiratory problems though. I noticed this one day at work, then went to see the research behind it, and it looks like research is beginning to point towards a more conservative use of suctioning.

omg.luckynumber7 April 3rd, 2012 07:27 AM

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I would have loved a water birth. I spent a ton of time in the shower w/ my 1st long labour & it was awesome. Really helped me relax & took a lot of the pain away.

My parents think i'm nuts too for 1/2 of my ideas....they said to my sister "yeah we tell Sarah things", she smiles & nods, then she just goes off & does whatever she likes" lol So more experience w/ this part....I think you have a couple choices 1. give them the goods, tell them what you're going to do & supply the info behind it. Like when they say eww isn't that going to be messy, or what about the baby breathing....educate them w/ facts & ignore their judgements. But if you think they're going to be really judgy you could just tell them what they want to hear or minimize the details. & after....who cares what they think, well who cares what they think before 2. Likely (hopefully) they will just be happy their little granddaughter is here & proud of you for bringing her into the world!

This is about you and your family (baby, SO, other kids). You deserve to try & have a birth that you feel good about. Take a deep breath & don't worry so much about their judgement.

wanting#2 April 3rd, 2012 11:12 AM

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I am hoping to be able to labor in the water this time. Since I am hoping for a VBAC there is limited amount of drugs and other help I can have before they consider it too much risk and opt for a c-section. So as natuaral as I can go I am.

hope71012 April 3rd, 2012 01:15 PM

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A water birth or laboring in the water was not an option with #1. I wish it was. This baby I am planning on laboring in the water as long as possible. I would love to have a water birth, but we shall see. Where ever I am most comfortable is where the birth will be.

I have a lot of back labor and back pain in general. Laboring on my back was a nightmare with my first child. I'm sure my family will have a few opinions on our birth. If they don't like it tough crap! My mom is my biggest concern since she will be there and is very into modern meds. I don't want her to interfere with the birthing process with her medical opinion (she worked in the OB field in a past life). My main goal is making sure that I have the birth experience I want. And the type of relief I need. I know what worked well last time and what didn't. Laboring on my back in a bed with pitocin and an epidural is not the answer.

Mamacc April 3rd, 2012 04:14 PM

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Originally Posted by ~~Que~~ (Post 25840837)
There has been no known research that says this. It's just speculation. I have NEVER seen a water baby with respiratory problems. I have seen LOTS AND LOTS of land babies who are overly suctioned wind up with respiratory problems though. I noticed this one day at work, then went to see the research behind it, and it looks like research is beginning to point towards a more conservative use of suctioning.

Thanks for the info! That's kind of what I figured... With my last two babies my pushing stage was really fast too, so there would be minimal time under water. That's very interesting about the over suctioning too. I think I'm definitely going to see what the birthing center at my hospital has to offer for water births.


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