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The sieve!!

(34 Posts)
Meringue33 Wed 03-Oct-12 22:48:58

Just been to a water birthing lecture and I have to ask - is the sieve really for that purpose?!!! And how likely actually is it that I might do a poo right there in front of everyone and that my DP would have to scoop it out?! This is really my room 101 sad

ParrotsEtEmAll Wed 03-Oct-12 22:50:33

Yes, it really is a poo sieve. I thought I'd mind but I didn't, I just ignored it.

Good luck, I loved my water birth.

Wolfiefan Wed 03-Oct-12 22:52:00

Had a water birth but no poop scoop needed. Enjoy your baby.

YoullLaughAboutItOneDay Wed 03-Oct-12 22:52:07

They are very discrete (discreet? which spelling is it?). I don't even know if they used it for me.

JennerOSity Wed 03-Oct-12 23:08:50

I believe around 50% of all births involve poop scooping whether water birth or no.

CailinDana Wed 03-Oct-12 23:16:00

Chances are you won't even notice, or if you do you will not be one bit bothered. Honestly you're so caught up in the labour that white doves could shoot out your arsehole and you'd just go "oh" and carry on!

wannabedomesticgoddess Wed 03-Oct-12 23:19:49

Have never had a water birth but..

Trust me, by the time you get to the pool you wont give a toss if you poo or not and who might see it.

When you go into hospital to have a baby you leave your dignity at the main entrance. You get it back after the 6 week check! smile

ThreeWheelsGood Wed 03-Oct-12 23:26:03

I don't think your partner has to scoop it out - the midwife does it, she sees it all the time!

CailinDana Wed 03-Oct-12 23:29:02

Oh yeah, your DP won't have to do it, don't worry!

JarethTheGoblinKing Wed 03-Oct-12 23:33:54

"Honestly you're so caught up in the labour that white doves could shoot out your arsehole and you'd just go "oh" and carry on!"

^^ this.

and grin

and if a bomb had gone off in the room I wouldn't have noticed! I was having my own happy little rave while off my tits on G&A. The various monitors were clicking and beeping away in such a pleasant rhythm.. All I cared about was access to water and the chair I was leaning on.

(DP swears I didn't poo. I think he's lying)

CailinDana Wed 03-Oct-12 23:34:49

I definitely pooed. Copiously. I didn't give a shit (only in figurative terms, in literal terms I very much did indeed give plenty of shit).

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Wed 03-Oct-12 23:54:03

I knew I'd pood first time, twice, midwives were very discrete and it was wiped away immediately although not before DH had noted similarity to play doh for later mickey taking

Second birth was in the pool, DH says yes I did but I had no idea. The sieve was used.

Neither time could I have cared less, the point at which you poo is usually as baby's head is getting very close to emerging, that is a sufficient distraction grin

geologygirl Thu 04-Oct-12 00:17:11

I thought ds was arriving. Looked down in water and there was a huge turd.

Midwife scooped it away.

I did not care. Was just gutted when I realised I had a lot more work to do...

ZuleikaD Thu 04-Oct-12 06:39:09

It's a lot more than 50% of births that involve pooing. You have to use the same muscles and you're pushing in the same direction so it's highly unusual not to poo. The sieve is also if you're sick in the pool, as I was.

PickleSarnie Thu 04-Oct-12 08:16:58

I'm not sure it would be possible to pop a baby out without pooing. As zuleika says, its a very similar action and, if there's anything waiting to come out, it'll come out.

Midwives see it all the time though and you'll forget about it once you see your baby.

Dogsmom Thu 04-Oct-12 08:31:02

You can either poo in the bath or on a bed, lol, the midwives really wont care, my main worry isn't a poo it's doing a big fart, they seem so much louder in water and send bubbles rising.

Meringue33 Thu 04-Oct-12 21:52:08

Omg omg omg. Thanks guys, I guess sad Starting to wish it was like the old days and he would just wait outside the room with a cigar!!

Orenishii Thu 04-Oct-12 23:14:56

Dogsmom I was just saying that EXACT same thing to DH...a poo could just slip out, bob away quietly, to be sieved out discretely.

A forcibly expelled fart will loudly announce itself and create waves bubbles.

Goodbye, dignity!

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Thu 04-Oct-12 23:57:53

dogsmum grin I'm so glad I've already had my water birth, the risk of fart bubbles never occurred to me!

CailinDana Fri 05-Oct-12 07:09:39

It really will be fine Meringue. I know from a distance it seems awful and embarrassing but it's really hard to describe the feeling and atmosphere in the room when a baby is about to be born - it's amazing and exciting and things like blood and poo really aren't an issue at all. Your DP will be so amazed to see his child come out of you (and it really is so so amazing and weird) that any amount of poo won't make a difference to him. I would lay money that you'll be lying there with your gorgeous bundle and suddenly think "Oh, did I poo?" and not even know!

sammyleh Fri 05-Oct-12 10:31:51

I'm intending on a water birth too, and to be honest I think doing massive fart or poo would be quite funny. I laugh at my own embarrassments all the time anyway because I'm so clumsy and daft at times. I've just come to the conclusion that I'll be sharing the pool with more than just my baby anyway, might as well embrace the silliness.

growyourown77 Fri 05-Oct-12 11:00:54

if you do poo in childbirth (water or non-water) do they wipe you? it just occurred to me - otherwise it would stink! smile

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Fri 05-Oct-12 11:35:02

If on the bed yes they'll just quickly wipe it all away. No need in the water that does the job for them.

It's really not a big deal at all even though it sounds gross, they've seen it all and worse before and you'll be so focused on meeting your little one you won't notice, or even if you do you won't care smile

growyourown77 Fri 05-Oct-12 11:40:57

phew! and bless them for doingit - who'd want that job!

ZuleikaD Fri 05-Oct-12 12:04:38

They don't wipe you, IME - everything's so widespread at that point that there's little, er, detritus. They've usually got paper mats spread on the floor or bed so it all just gets whipped away.

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