Brittany - posted on 02/15/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )
I am pregnant with my second child. I am planning on having an unassisted home birth. My first birth was in a hospital with a doctor. My labor happened to interrupt the doctor's evening plans, and so in an effort to get it done and over with I was pumped full of pitosin. I was already dialated 4 cm when I got to the hospital. In short there were a lot of things that were done that were not medically necessary, and being like most people I didn't think to ask questions, after all doctor knows best right? Wrong. Had I known what I know now the hospital and the doctor would have been sued. It was my first kid, and I was in labor 45 minutes! I suffered tears that took an entire year to heal! My health and my baby's health were put a risk all because somebody wanted to get off work earlier. So when I found out I was pregnant this time I interviewed several doctors and practices and ultimately decided on a midwife because she seemed less intrusive (by this time I already decided that if things went well I would be having this baby at home) Some of the doctors were just oh so peeved that I dared to "interview" them. (gasp) I do not wish for opinions on whether or not you agree or disagree with homebirth assisted or otherwise. I do not want any opinions, unless they are opinions about birthing pools or equipment. I simply want facts about water birth and the different techniques involved. I wanted to have a water birth this time around, for many reasons including pain management and the fact that water is supposed to reduce tearing. So for those of you who have had water births what information can you give me or refer to me? I live in a state where water birth is not offered, so there are no medical professionals here who really know anything about it. I know now that when you birth a baby, it isn't supposed to be a race. You are supposed to push when you feel the urge and back off when you need to as well. So how fast do you have to get the baby out of the water? Scenario: I push and his head is out, I take a minute to rest and stretch before popping his shoulder out. I rest and stretch and pop the other shoulder out and guide the rest of him out, and remove him from the water. Could he drown during this? Is it a race if its in the water? Those are just one of the many questions I have so if there were any websites or books that helped you please pass them on.