01-29-2014 02:31 PM
I was very excited when I found out that my OBGYN offered not only Midwives and Doulas but also a waterbirth option. I had my first two children with the help of an epidural...this was in my twenties. So when I had my third child in 2011, I challenged myself to go without pain medication and although it was an experience to say the least, I wouldnt do it any other way going forward. I have heard that water birth is alot more soothing so I am super excited this time around where as two years ago I was a nervous wreck. Anyone else going this route?
Due June 10th, 2014 with a baby girl!!!
02-10-2014 08:45 PM
I was so glad to see your post! I am due June 20th but new to this group. I am delivering in Mexico City due to my husband's job (diplomat) locating us here. We recently did a more in depth hospital tour and I was horrified to find out the rate of cesarean was 80-90%, that I would have to give birth in an operating room, and that the baby would have to stay in the nursery immediately after birth for 6 hours and then would only be brought to me for feedings every 3 hours. I totally freaked out and was so mad at myself for having never asked detailed questions to the hospital. Here I am 21 weeks pregnant and having to find a new hospital and doctor. I thought a privately paid hospital meant I got exactly what I wanted. Nope. BTW, this hospital is supposed to be the best in Mexico City.
So, I just found a highly qualified doula and am going to a new hospital with a doctor that is termed "Humanized Birth" oriented. The labor and delivery room comes fully equiped with a tub for a water birth but I may just end up using the tub for pain relief after reading that actual birth in a tub has some risks and considering I have never given birth before I am not equiped to avoid those risks.
Best of luck to you! Do some research on having a doula. The statistics on how much and in what ways they can help is amazing. I was totally skeptical and into the doctor knows best theory before I did lots of reasearch. I am now with a doctor that works with my doula and totally happy and confident I made a good choice.
02-10-2014 09:16 PM
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04-07-2014 12:36 PM
I think it's great to explore your options. I really wish I had done a little more research. The best I did for myself is to do most labor at home, I was way more comfortable than I would have been in the hospital. I feel like the hospital they don't allow you to do what feels natural and comfortable.
The good thing about labor at home is that I had my first baby within 30 minutes of checking into the hospital
The second one they wanted to schedule because they were fearful of a home birth. I thought that was interesting because I had no fear of a home birth. I just wanted to do what came natural.
Have you looked into working with a doula or midwife? They can be a great help when it comes to helping you decide how to birth your child as well as helping you and your family stick to your wishes when it comes to a birthing plan.
I believe I didn't answer your question about water birthing .....sorry, I don't know much about it. I am passionate about the birthing proccess so I had to share