I had a water birth and it was magical! I used hypnobirthing and I felt that being in the water helped me to really zone out and let my body do the work. It was a really calm delivery and she came out clean as a whistle. Hoping for the same experience again with no.2, due imminently.
I didn't with my first but hoping to this number 2 as I've heard so many good things about it. The water should be a great support for both lifting weight off the body and the warmth helping to relax everything. I'm wanting to stay away from anything more than gas and air so this seems like a great option.
I found it pretty good. May I advise that you don't hang over the edge of the pool to push, I couldn't speak standing up for a week after due to pulling muscles across my back and ribs. Was in great shape otherwise!
I forgot to add I liked the fact I only got out of the pool once for the midwife to check progress and I was comfortable wearing just a vest top. I found the water helped me move easily as I was on my knees and rocked quite a lot, I also liked that I picked my little girl up first when she was born and carried her out of the pool.
Another hypno/waterbirth here. The pain relief was amazing. I got out of the pool for checks at one point and the strength of the contraction really surprised me. The sense of privacy and calm helped me feel in control. I did tear but the experience was genuinely chilled and magical DS was lovely and calm and we had lots of pool cuddles before I got out to deliver the placenta.
A couple of friends got out to birth on land as the pool didn't work for them/baby but it's definitely worth a try if available.
You won't know if you want a water birth until you get in the pool tbh. I thought the pool looked lovely but the nice warm water just made me feel sick and woozy. Sure, have preferences but keep an open mind too, as things in labour are rarely as you expect them to be. Good luck
I was really disappointed with the birthing pool I don't think I knew what to expect and stupidly thought it would stop hurting once I got in?! After pushing for about an hour I got out in frustration and found meconium in my waters so good job I did really.
Saying that, I'd definitely give it another go next time.
I'd been labouring for about 6 hours standing up as that was the only way I could handle the pain by the time I got in the pool. I found it good between contractions but hated it for the contractions as I just couldn't get comfy. Considering it took my midwife about an hour to fill it and get the temperature right, I was only in it about 20 minutes before getting out again. The midwife did not look pleased!
I guess in summary, give it a go but keep an open mind.
First thing I'd say is not to think of a "water birth" as a separate thing. It's not a case of one or the other, water birth or "land" birth. For example, most people I know were in the water for part of their labour but none actually gave birth in the pool.
I did about eight hours in the pool. It was very pleasant and helped with the pain until things got more complex. As it was, I had to be transferred to the consultant-led part of the hospital, so had to get out of the pool, but to be fair it had long ceased to be even touching the sides of the pain. In the same way that a hot bath wouldn't help a broken leg, but might soothe a headache.
If you have an "easy" birth then I'm sure the water will be enough to help throughout. It's certainly good for relaxation - we had low lights, music, hypnobirthing mantras, all that jazz. And for several hours that was all well and good.
But it might be better to think of the pool as just one tool in your kit rather than the whole shebang. It could be a useful stepping stone.
I haven't decided yet if I'm hoping to get in the pool this time round. I'm certainly not doing hypnobirthing...