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Induction and waterbirth

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lookout Tue 04-Oct-11 20:52:31

Just wondered has anyone been induced and gone on to labour in water? I am booked for induction on saturday due to obstetric cholestasis, and have done a lot of research, which points to water being available as a form of pain relief if contractions start after the first intervention (ie pessary/gel) and continuous monitoring is not required.

Has anyone any experience of this?

BornToFolk Tue 04-Oct-11 21:04:38

I was induced at 42 weeks (for no other reason than I was 42 weeks!) and was not allowed to use the pool. Once I'd been induced, I was under consultant care and only women under midwife care were able to use the pool. I was also monitored constantly from induction to birth and I don't know how this would have been managed if I was in a pool.

I'm sure that policies differe from hospital to hospital though so best to check with yours.

GeneralDisarray Tue 04-Oct-11 21:24:26

I was induced and told I couldn't have a water birth but I'm pretty sure thats because my waters broke early - hopefully someone more knowledgable will be along shortly

lookout Tue 04-Oct-11 21:27:47

Thanks. I get that if you have to be constantly monitored then water is out of the question! Just wondered if anyone had managed to water and induction, really.

laluna Tue 04-Oct-11 21:34:54


Obstetric cholestasis is an indication for continuous electric fetal monitoring in addition to the use of prostaglandins for induction.

Tonksforthememories Tue 04-Oct-11 21:37:04

I was induced with all 3 DC, but laboured and gave birth in water with DD1.
DD2 and DS were on the drip so i wasn't allowed with them.

Not sure about with Obstetric cholestasis though.

lookout Wed 05-Oct-11 08:39:06

Thanks for the replies. Tonks, good to know it is possible to be induced and labour in water, and laluna, I wasn't aware of that, so thanks. I will be asking on saturday anyway and will see what they say.

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