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kimberlienatalieleslie
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Registered: ‎01-28-2014

Anyone else doing a waterbirth?

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!!! 

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ChicaGirl333
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Registered: ‎02-10-2014

Re: Anyone else doing a waterbirth?

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.   

 

 

Chiica
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kimberlienatalieleslie
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Registered: ‎01-28-2014

Re: Anyone else doing a waterbirth?

Yaye...Im so excited that you found what you are looking for. I am using a dolls and the only reason I will need a doctor is if there are complications. My experience with my last birth was eye opening because I delivered naturally with the help of nurses and doctors. One of the nurses never did a natural birth in her entire career and she was very pushy and dismissive of my wishes. She constantly brought up epidural and pitocin even though I had a detailed birthing plan. I love my Douglas they have provided me with so much literature on breathing techniques and other ways to ride the labour wave. I am also am not delivering in water but only laboring in the tub....can't wait to share my story and hear about yours come June.
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kimberlienatalieleslie
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Re: Anyone else doing a waterbirth?

Im typing from my phone so dolls and Douglas..should be Doula..lol.
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jasminelm
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Registered: ‎11-18-2013

Re: Anyone else doing a waterbirth?

This will be my first child, a baby boy due June 27 and I'm thinking about laboring in water. I was advised to do so while I'm laboring at home and probably will. I want to have access to a pool at the hospital as well but I'm not sold on the idea of a water birth just yet. I figure I may not want to move to a bed once I'm in the water for labor but I guess we'll see how things go! I'm open to just about anything except an epidural. No no NO!
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HostTammy
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Registered: ‎05-28-2013

Re: Anyone else doing a waterbirth?

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:smileyhappy:

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 :smileyhappy:

 

Tammy

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