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anitagupta July 26th, 2007 08:28 AM

Met with my midwife yesterday. She brought up waterbirth and I am wholeheartedly for it. However, I live in a small condo and I don't want to rent a birthing pool that'll sit in the middle of my living room, giving me no privacy. I don't have a partner so I don't really want the additional stress of getting people to hook it up. I'll probably have to be the one to fill it up as well.

I suggested my own jacuzzi tub which is somewhat the size of a bathtub, only deeper. I would much prefer my own tub in my own bathroom that I am confortable with rather than some big rented contraption. The only thing is that it'll be a little harder for another person to catch the baby as he comes out because of the 2 glass doors, one panel is fixed. I feel it'll defeat the purpose of a homebirth because I'll be stressing about the logictics of the rental tub. What do you guys think?

Motherbird July 26th, 2007 12:15 PM

I had a waterbirth and loved it and am hoping for another. But I am like you, always thinking about the logistics of things. I agree I wouldn't want to think about setting it up myself. Maybe you could get one of those inflatable kiddie pools. That shouldn't be too tough to set up or fill when the time comes. And you could always set it up before hand and then just fill it when the time comes.
Or you can do without the birthing pool altogether. There's no reason why you can't labor as much as you want in your bathtub and just get out when you deliver. Some women find they don't want to be in water much anyway once they're in labor. You won't know how you feel until you're there. So I would say don't stress about the birthing tub. You'll be fine either way.

jhmomofmany July 26th, 2007 06:54 PM

Would you consider catching the baby yourself? Or another option might be to labor in the tub but give birth out of it. The kiddie pool is another possibility... a friend of mine had good experience using one.

anitagupta July 26th, 2007 07:13 PM

The kiddie pool would have many of the same issues - sitting in my living room, me having to fill it up etc. I really don't want additional work involved. As for catching the baby, if I sit the other way, there is some room for another person to reach in and catch the baby, but not enough to sit in there with me. Maybe this is silly - I am afraid that the baby might drown if somone doesn't get him out right away. How long after he comes out does he take his first breath? Does he start breathing as soon as his head is out?

MellieB July 27th, 2007 12:12 AM

As long as the umbilical cord is not cut or blocked off in anyway and still pulsating baby is still getting Oxygen from mama. Babies don't take their first breath until after their entire body is out. (gotta admit the though of just the babies head being out and breathing gave me the shivers) Don't forget as well, baby has just spent 40+ weeks in water, so going from amniotic fluid to bath water is not a huge change for them (this is where the oxygen from mama comes in handy).

This link also explains it. Her birth story is amazing.

MrsPil July 28th, 2007 07:38 PM

The baby won't actually breathe underwater as long as the water is at least body temperature. It's the cold air that shocks baby into taking his/her first breaths which is why you cannot put the baby's head back underwater once it has been above water.

LaLa July 29th, 2007 02:57 PM

The pool we used took 20 mins tops to inflate with a pump & needed no real "supervision" - plug in the pump, hook it up to pool, inflate. That way you could have it out of the way until labor was underway. Your MW could hook it up (or you could even), and then labor about as it inflated. It took another 20-30 mins to fill up, and it was great.

I would be wary of a jacuzzi tub b/c of the hard bottoms. Logistics could be difficult & your knees would wear out fast. I dont think *I* personally would want to be having to worry about my knees aching on top of it all and then in a long pushing phase having to move locations just because the tub became uncomfortable. I could see where it would easily be uncomfortable with a hard bottom on your knees after even only 20 mins.

We bought the La Bassine - it is more "oval" shaped but still wide enough to maneuver about. It takes up about 6 ft of room, but its not excessive. It has handles on the inside, and is well enough insulated that its good for several hours without using a heater.

I bought it at www.yourwaterbirth.com

And - its reasonably priced!!!


MrsPil July 30th, 2007 12:51 AM

Oh also I meant to say we used my tub which would have been fine but I ended up getting out.

bubblesispreggers July 30th, 2007 10:39 AM

I had a large cattle trough as my birth tub. I planned to give birth in it but when I was in labor I didn't even enjoy being in the water at all. You never know if you will even enjoy it once the time comes. Just something to think about. Also, someone mentioned the hard bottom of the tub and I waned to say that we bought a pair of super cheap pillows and used them for the bottom of the tub to sit or neal on. It wasn't a big deal for them to get wet or ruined because that is what they were for.

ShawnaCAN July 31st, 2007 07:53 PM

The *only* reason I would reccomend a birth pool over your own tub is because your tailbone might get really sore if you end up labouring the tub for a long time. The pool I bought from my midwife was only about $38, and it has a really thick inflatable bottom - so it's like sitting on a cloud. The sides are also so sturdy (really thick inflatable) that I could lean with all my weight on them if I needed to. It was the smaller of these two pools:

I would ask your midwife about all of that. Many midwives have assistants (doulas or apprentice midwives) who can come with them if you don't have anyone else, and perhaps that person could do all of the set-up work for you (filling the tub, etc).

If it's just you and your midwife (perhaps one assistant) - would privacy really be an issue? My midwife was really good about keeping her distance if I wanted to be alone, she just kept an eye on me from afar until I needed her.

anitagupta August 3rd, 2007 11:31 AM

Thanks guys for your input. For now, I've decided not to get a birthing pool but use my own tub, probably with some pillows. I really don't want to create all this extra dependance on other folks for setting/filling/dismantling it. My sister will be there for birth as well as a good friend, I want the privacy of my bathroom.

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