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MaggieLizer June 26th, 2009 05:22 PM

Water birth in hospital?
I'm not even TTC #1 yet, but I have always thought I might like to have a water birth. However, I also think I would like to birth in a hospital as well. So I thought I'd pop in here and ask you ladies about it. How difficult is it to arrange a water birth in a hospital? Are most hospitals even accommodating of it? Sorry if this is a dumb question but I really don't know much about the subject.

Mommy2Amara&Kayori June 26th, 2009 05:48 PM

Re: Water birth in hospital?
the hospital here has a tub for you to labor in, but it is against hospital policy for you to give birth in the water

I loved my home water birth though, water births are awesome!

inyourhonor June 26th, 2009 06:06 PM

Re: Water birth in hospital?
:ditto: From my understanding, they allow laboring in them but not birthing.

I was planning a water birth but opted out of it in transition haha. I loved the water when I was in it. I will plan another water birth with our 3rd and hopefully I'll have it!

_Brandy_ June 26th, 2009 06:13 PM

Re: Water birth in hospital?
I think it is great that you are researching before are expecting. I would encourage you to further explore homebirth, specifically, why you don't want to birth at home. I believe that most people, when they learn of the pros and cons of home and hospital, most will pick home. Home truly is safer than hospital to birth for a healthy mom and baby.

Kelllilee June 26th, 2009 07:20 PM

Re: Water birth in hospital?
Ask at your local hospitals. *some* allow water births, but few and far between!

soImarriedAnerd June 27th, 2009 01:07 AM

Re: Water birth in hospital?
Very few allow birth in tubs, but some do----call your hospitals and ask! :D There is also a birthing center option if you have those in the area--they usually allow tub births.

MaggieLizer June 27th, 2009 04:17 AM

Re: Water birth in hospital?
Thanks for replying. I still have a lot of research to do but I have plenty of time to do it, LOL! I think the reason I'd prefer a hospital is that I have always been obese and have high blood pressure and I would be high risk and I've always worried that something will go terribly wrong during childbirth. I'm working on that now though. I have already lost 75 pounds and want to lose at least 50 more before TTC and my BP is already much better, so hopefully when the time comes these things won't be an issue. At this point though I don't think I would feel comfortable not being in a hospital. I will definitely do some more looking into things though. A birthing center might be a good option but I doubt there will be any near me.

inyourhonor June 27th, 2009 06:09 AM

Re: Water birth in hospital?
I say keep doing your research you'll find what is best for you. I am overweight and had had a previous c-section and had a home birth. I see your concerns about BP though.

Also, I wanted to congratulate you on your weight loss! I am working hard on losing weight so I admire your loss!

Feel free to stick around and ask any questions you may have. Good luck to you!

Twinkle June 29th, 2009 11:58 AM

Re: Water birth in hospital?
Definitely call your local hospitals to find out their policies, but also call local Midwife groups to see what they recommend as well. My middle daughter was born in a hospital's birthing center.. it was separated from the hospital, but still affiliated with the hospital. Anyways, she was a waterbirth.

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