just wanted to ask is it normal when you have a water birth for thm to take the gas and air away whn its time to push ???
becaus i had a water birth 27th june and i was suprised when the mw said now its time to take the gas and air away its time to push
I had a non-waterbirth and they still took the gas and air away! Although I was having problems trying to coordinate my pushing, kept blowing instead!!
Congrats on your new baby, what did you have, would you recommend a water birth?
I didn't have a waterbirth and the G&A got taken away at the pushing stage too. The MW said I couldn't breathe it in and push, and she was right. I couldn't remember the word I wanted for this though, which meant that later as I was being trundled to theatre for a CS I shouted 'counter-intuitive! I meant counter-intuitive' - which of course seemed completely random to everyone else.
I had a birth on dry land, and the MW insisted on taking G&A away..as it was distracting me from pushing effectively....i refused, so DH tried to persuade me, and i growled at him so he just pulled the pipe off, and left me the mouthpiece to bite on
I gave birth on dry land and my gas and air was taken away for pushing. Was pi**ed off about it at the time but heh, my dd arrived OK without too much of a stress on (obviously this is a comment in hindsight - felt like I was gonna split in 2 at the time - sorry if TMI).
As a midwife I personally do not take the gas and air away unless the woman is out of control and taking too much. I kept my gas and air for all my births own but used only small amounts - probably didn't need it but wanted to make sure it was handy.
It is common for midwives to take it away for all births whether in water or not, but it is a practice i do not agree with.