infection control will have a fit, health and safety will flood you with risk assessment forms and the hose will never fit the taps.when you get into labour ring ahead and try to get your name on pool, if someone else gets there first they will have to let them have it, but it also means they will try not to use the pool room unless they are full.try perineal massage,vit e and a for skin, dont overdose use diet. avoid having waters broke, if possible, to stop dry labour,try to avoid positions in second stage that stretch sideways like lithotomy, squatting esp.low(too much power if you had one before) at end, try kneeling, side, practise breathing control like yoga to avoid screaming the head out fast,good luck,no.2 birth suppose to be best
I have read up on perineal massage and I know it is suppose to help but its not something I can do myself and I am cringing at the very thought of it (I do have some issues which I'm not going to go into).
I'll ring early when I'm in labour and hope I can get there first!
Thanks for the good luck, I wasn't allowed to scream DS out anyway. The surgeon was telling me off for quietly groaning!
my second and third babies were both bigger but i didn't tear at all. i think part of the reason was just how the labour was managed. I was so much more relaxed, spent more time upright, labour progressed quicker and i had no pain relief which meant I could really feel the head crowning and could slow right down. my midwives were also really good and stopped ds2 coming out too fast which could have risked tearing
I was so worried the first time as I have M.E. and my main thought was that I wouldn't have the strength and energy to push after labour. This time I am going to stay at home as long as possible and just try and relax and stay upright like you said. Hopefully gravity will do its job!