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Water birth... What do I need?

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preggersshock Sat 06-Oct-12 12:12:07

This might be a daft question but packing my hospital bag at the mo, what do I wear in the birthing pool & do I have to pack my own towels for me and baby?

BuntyCollocks Sat 06-Oct-12 17:06:25

You can wear whatever you want! I believe a lot of ladies wear nothing - I'm taking a vest top as I (at the moment) don't envisage wanting to be that exposed.

I would definitely take your own towels. Much nicer and softer.

rubyslippers Sat 06-Oct-12 17:07:52

Yes to your own towels

The water is warm but I wore a vest top too and nothing else

AliceHurled Sat 06-Oct-12 17:09:11

I am taking a tankini thing, but really just in case as I expect I'll be nekkid. I bet they'd give you towels but they'll be scratchy so I'm taking my own. Not taking one for baby though as they usually do a wipe down/ check thing anyway.

AliceHurled Sat 06-Oct-12 17:10:40

I'd also add flip flops. For shower mainly but they sound useful potentially poolside too where it might be wet for when you're on the lounger drinking a cocktail

Puffykins Sat 06-Oct-12 17:15:56

I've had two waterbirths and both times wore nothing, and used the hospital towels which were lovely and fluffy and very white (I felt rather guilty getting blood on them but the kind midwives said that they have a very good laundry service.)

glendathegoodwitch Sat 06-Oct-12 18:38:27

You can wear what you like in the pool, bra, bikini top, vest top etc... Or go nekkid it's a very intimate setting so you are not exposed to all and sundry, I will be just wearing a soft black bra.

Towels - we provide the white sunlight towels for both mums and babies which I will be using as otherwise you'll mess up your nice light coloured ones with blood and gubbins.

preggersshock Sat 06-Oct-12 19:44:20

Thanks all grin can't imagine being nekkid but pretty sure I won't care by then... Tanki it is! No so bothered about having my boobs out, it's other bits I'm embarrassed by and going to have to get over that in a hurry! blush

nancerama Sat 06-Oct-12 19:47:07

Some hospitals ask you to bring your own sieve to scoop out anything that should get into the water that you'd rather not sit in.

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