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anyone recommend water birth

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tommy1 Thu 17-Feb-05 21:13:00

went to see midwife today (28 wks), got talking about birth and she asked me if i,d thought about a water birth. this is my 4th baby , always had natural births with my sons. don,t know anyone personally who has experienced w/birth. can anyone help?

nappybaglady Thu 17-Feb-05 21:22:17

Yes, had 2nd baby in pool. Didn't take the pain away much but made things feel more relaxed. There's been a v recent thread about this so try looking in the archive. sorry I haven't sent a link - not techie enough

roisin Thu 17-Feb-05 21:22:43

Yes! Fab! Wonderful! Amazing! I've done one on land, two in water. Water definitely better.

snafu Thu 17-Feb-05 21:23:51

How nice to hear a midwife actually suggest a waterbirth!

pupuce Thu 17-Feb-05 21:24:14

Hi tommy - water births are amazing.
Go under childbirth, we talk about it a lot!
Go for it !!!

roisin Thu 17-Feb-05 21:24:25

recent thread here

roisin Thu 17-Feb-05 21:25:20

Do you like baths, swimming, and being in water? Personally I love it, especially when pregnant. So for me a waterbirth was just a logical decision.

tommy1 Thu 17-Feb-05 21:31:31

sounds all pos and no neg so thats encouraging. can they still mon heart rate ok in pool? but there again got quite small maternity in cheltenham and have heard may is gonna be a busy month so expect all depends if pool is free on day! due fri 13th may so doubt it!!!

Amanda3266 Thu 17-Feb-05 21:36:47

This ex-midwife can strongly recommend them (even though I ended with an emergency LSCS for DS). I've assisted several women to birth in water (some in hospital and some at home) and they've all been fantastic. Not only that but even more women used the pool for pain relief before going onto other methods - it helped them relax. I say go for it.

pupuce Thu 17-Feb-05 21:37:18

Well that's the thing if it's busy, it's busy.
Fetal heart monitoring is done with the same handheld doppler monitor they use at antenatl visits. It's waterproof.

Amanda3266 Thu 17-Feb-05 21:37:48

They monitor the heart rate with a handheld monitor ( a waterproof one) which means you shouldn't need to keep lifting your bump out of the water every 15 mins.

dinny Thu 17-Feb-05 21:46:10

I really wanted one, Tommy, both times. First I couldn't as dd pre-term but second I had the pool in the nice birthing room of our hospital and really didn't lime it. Just felt a bit out of control. Have come to the conclusion I liek labouring standing up leaning on a shelf It did feel blisful being in the water for the first five mins though - I'd say give it a go, you may love it. Good luck with your pg and birth

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