water birth

Doralyn - posted on 11/10/2008 ( 17 moms have responded )

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Has anyone had a natural birth and a water birth? How do they compare? My first was born at home and I'm thinking about water for my second due in January.

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Michelle - posted on 11/11/2008

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I had a natural vaginal birth and a natural water birth and I so prefer the water birth, especially if it has jets :o) I felt more relaxed in the water and when I needed to move around I felt less pain in the water than in out of the water; gravity wasn't pulling me down. And when the baby was born in the water the both of us were warm and pretty clean :-)

Mirissa - posted on 11/10/2008

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I have had two of each and I really feel mixed about it. My first was born in a long, deep tub and I had a hard time getting into a good position to push and the water made my contractions stronger! When I got out of the tub and laid on the bed they really slowed down. I wanted to try a water birth tub for my second, but my midwives brought the tub, and even though they tried valiantly, they couldn't get more than two inches of water in it before she was born. I did use a birth stool and loved it. For my third, I decided to use the tub in our new house as it was big and deep and I knew I could get in a better position. I was able to, but I still found that it made my contractions worse. So, with my fourth I decided to skip the tub and just use the birth stool. It was awesome. I had a hard time with my second figuring out what to do with my hands while sitting on the stool. This time around, I held onto the bars on either side as I lowered myself down and I just stayed like that.

I do realize that I'm the exception in not finding relief in the water, but that's my experience!

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Would highly recommend!!!

My first child was a planned water birth at the local birthing centre. However, turned out to be a posterior baby, I laboured long over 2days, so was sent to hospital and birthed there after intervention :( Terrible first birth!

14mths later our second was due, so once again we planned for a water birth, but this time at home. And it was the BEST birth ever!!!!! Hired a birthing pool from one of the local midwives, disposable liner. My midwife was called, 2nd midwife didnt arrive in time. Awesome! I couldnt get comfortable anywhere and the pain & pressure was so extreme! Didnt take all the pain away, but boy it felt good to be relieved of some pain & pressure! Our daughter was born 9lb7oz, no damage.

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funny that, my daughter hated water until she was nearly four after a beautiful, low stress water birth. She would scream blue murder if the water went anywhere near her head. I thought it strange as I assumed they would be natural water babies. Go figure

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Hi, had my second child at home in a birthing pool. She is now 10yrs old. It was a wonderful experience. I had 2 midwives in attendence and they just sat with me and gave lots of encouragement. I stayed in the water until she was born and came out to deliver the placenta cause nothing was happening I was so relaxed. Once out of the pool we wrapped up and snuggled into the double bed that I made on the floor in the lounge. I stayed there for the next week.

Cathy - posted on 05/20/2009

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My son's head was born in the water and the rest of his body in the couch! It was otherwise fun and exciting. The warm water helped a lot in easing the pain.

Emily - posted on 04/27/2009

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I rented the tub both times. With the first i made the water too hot and with the second- well, a lot of weird things happened. So while neither ended up being water births it was great to get to relax in the tub during labor.

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Hi I had my 3rd as a water birth at home would recommend it to any one. But go with your instincts, I laboured in water with my 1st 2 and my 4th but felt the need to get out of the bath to birth but with my 3rd I got back into the bath. It is interesting what we do when following our body's needs.

Candace - posted on 04/15/2009

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i had both of my boys at home with midwives, in water, in aqua doula tubs (the heater and disposable liner are well worth the investment!).  we have another baby due this july and plan to do the same.  i found w/baby #2 that it was obvious the water eased the pain of labor & contractions because i got out several times to go to the bathroom and it was much worse.  with the first baby, once i got in i stayed in, so i had nothing to compare it to.

Danialle - posted on 02/06/2009

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I had my son in water and absolutely loved it! I did not tear or anything. I was so comfortable floating around and hearing the water swish. I even had my hubby in there with me. It was so amazing. My son loves the water now (he is 7 months) and I wonder if it is due to laboring and birthing in water. I would defiantely reccommend it!

Lorraine - posted on 01/06/2009

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My first was born at home "on land". My other 2 were tub babies at home and I loved it. I had a lot of hot/cold flashes with my first that the warm water relieved with the others. It also really helped support me - my legs were SO tired the first time, since I couldn't bear sitting or laying down. I had back labor with my second, and the water didn't necessarily help the pain, but it did help me get into more comfortable positions. And we were all clean afterwards, too. :)



The first tub was a hard-side tub that we borrowed from the midwives and set up. It had a heater and liner. The second was an "Aqua-Doula" that we rented. It also had a heater and liner. They were both about 24" deep.



I loved birthing in the tubs, but I also love warm water at any time!

Kate - posted on 01/05/2009

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I had a home water birth in September. It was a wonderful experience. However, I don;t have anything to compare it to since it was my first and only birth. I purchased a birthing pool from water birth international. It worked great, it has a stool built into it that you can squat on and handles to hold on to which were great while I was pushing. Also since it was a blow up pool it was really comfortable and quite deep. I would definitely do it again. It was so gentle for my baby as well, when she came out she didn't even cry she just looked around at all of us, so peaceful.

LAURA - posted on 12/31/2008

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I think as the replies have noted it depends on each individual labor. I was soo looking forward to a water home birth. We bought the pool online from Amazon ($50) and had some trouble filling it and keeping it warm. However, when labor started the pool wasn't helping with them. Hands and knees felt much better. So out of the pool I went, and had him standing in my bedroom (almost on the toilet).

Melissa - posted on 11/20/2008

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I've had 7 home births. The last one was in water. I'd tried the tub before, but it just wasn't enough water to be worth it. This time we bought a Rubbermaid 100 gallon water trough from Tractor Supply for about $70. It was deep and firm enough to support me completely. It's hard, but I was floating in the water so it was okay.

The pain was awful. It didn't do what I'd hoped and make it nearly pain free. I did however manage to get into the position I wanted to be in which I'd never been able to do before. I have had almost all back labor for all my kids. So maybe it wouldn't have been so bad without that. But the water supported me in a leaning forward squatting position, so that was nice.

If I have another baby, we're buying another trough. The first one has already been given to the cows.

Sheri - posted on 11/11/2008

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now I tried to have a water birth.. labored in the tub.. didn't work so well for me. the relaxation of being in the water slowed down my labor too much and by the time I was ready to push I REALLY wanted to be in my bed. My suggestion is to have the tub set up. plan to keep it open as an option and do what your body tells you at the moment. Be where you're most comfortable doing what you're most comfortable doing with who you're most comfortable having there and your birth will be magical.

Mary - posted on 11/10/2008

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I've always wanted to try a water birth. :) I've had 2 homebirths and the rest hospital births in relaxed and natural supporting hospitals and doctors. 6 kids total. :)

Rachael - posted on 11/10/2008

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I had an at home water birth and I loved it. I am due in may and having another. To be quite honest IDK how women have land based birth..... We used a blow up fishy pool and it was awesome!

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