Waterbirths sound really good. I'm thinking of having one. BUT -
Has anyone ever had infection passed onto them after having a waterbirth? I mean - after the pool has been contaminated with blood, meconium, amnio fluid and anything else you can think of, germs must be in their element. I know the pool is cleaned afterwards but, I've heard that hospital baths should be avoided because some can be rather icky and are not cleaned as regularly as they should.
Are birthing pools in the same league or are they different and why?
i used one at home and it had a brand new liner which was disposed of after use. maybe hospitla ones have this too but not sure? can you arrange to attend a watrbiurt workshop at the hops or ask yr mw? I'm sure even if there's no liner they would be very well cleaned/sterlised etc as compared to everyday baths.
HTH - heartily recommend them btw!
speak to your maternity unit about how the pools are cleaned etc. I would expect that they have to be cleaned to a certain standard.
I had a waterbirth and didn't get any infection although I actually birthed on the bed. Yeah bits did float around but the mw were very quick in cleaning up etc. I don't remember thinking it was disgusting..dh never commented either..
I'm sorry to say that yes, I had a water birth and had an infection. I gave birth on a Sunday, came home Tuesday, had hot and cold shivers on Thursday and passed a HUGE blood clot; phoned NHS direct (never again useless); went to hospital emergency dept at 3am and finally readmitted to maternity dept at 9am on Thursday. Examination after examination (not easy when you've had a tear and it's really painful) given antibiotics and kept in for the night with really high temperature. Discharged on Friday afternoon after I insisted that I didn't want to stay over the weeked. Sent home with temperature strips and antibiotics and a telephone number to call the dept if I got worse. Don't know if it was from the pool or just something I caught elsewhere. On the Wednesday after I had given birth, I was out shopping so I don't know if I went out too early. Don't let it put you off though - I am planning to have another water birth for my second child (currently 28 weeks pregnant).
i asked my mw about this before the birth, she was a bit vague and said " well, the hospital cleaners do it"
went on to have my water birth in hospital with no problems what so ever. baby was born in the water and got out to deliver the afterbirth. i think the benefits of having a water birth outweigh the "what ifs". go for it!
If you were really concerned, you could always take in your own disinfectant wipes and give it a quick swirl around before they fill it! When I went in to have ds I took some and wiped down the toilet and bath before I got in. Paranoid? - no. My mum is a cleaner in our local hospital and even she despairs of the lack of care some cleaners show. She thinks it's something to do with them being 'not originally from this country.' Sometimes she says, they don't even speak our language. Cheaper option for hospitals.
sarah I don't think you're racist if it's any consolation. It's not that they clean less well deliberately - the language barrier means that the domestic dept in the hospital can't convey to them what they should use (and why they should use it) eg disinfectant etc. I think that's what you meant?
mears, that's shocking that you have to clean the pool. Do midwives do all domestic duties e.g cleaning floors in birth rooms as well as cleaning the pool?
I heard of one hospital where the cleaners refused to clean up any boldily fluids as that wasn't in their contract for maternity so wouldn't mop floors in delivery suite. Elsehwere in the hospital though contracts had been negotiated differently and cleaners there WOULD clean anything.