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Old Jun 3rd, 2016, 15:41 PM   11
iak
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I'm thinking of having a water birth too with my first! When do u have to tell mw that you want one to avoid turning up on labour day and they don't have a pool available



 
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Old Jun 3rd, 2016, 16:55 PM   12
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I think it depends on your hospital. With mine there was no way of booking a water birth it was just a case of the pool being available or not.



 
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Old Jun 5th, 2016, 07:31 AM   13
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I think it depends on your hospital. With mine there was no way of booking a water birth it was just a case of the pool being available or not.
Me too. I told my midwife I wanted a water birth early on but that I was also going to the hospital. The hospital has one birthing pool so its first come first served. However I was the only person on the delivery ward when I had my baby so the pool was all mine.



 
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Old Jun 5th, 2016, 16:58 PM   14
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In my area you fill in your birth plan (in the green notes) at your 36 week appointment and they ask if you would like a water birth. But it comes down to whether there is a pool available when you arrive at hospital and whether you are OK'ed for one- things like being over 37 weeks pregnant, no meconium stained waters (if you present with ruptured waters), being low risk, not being induced...



 
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Old Jun 7th, 2016, 05:13 AM   15
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I was in the pool from 5cm to 9cm as for some reason I convinced myself I wanted a water birth. I did find it nice but felt far too hot since the water has to be 37C and got out as it had slowed my contractions down. I still think I could have been done earlier if I hadn't gotten in. Plus I was kneeling and the midwife made me sit up every 15 min to check the heart rate whereas on a bed I think she could have reached my belly without moving me

I had a second degree tear, not sure if the water helped or hindered it hut in not aiming for a water birth this time.



 
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Old Jun 7th, 2016, 05:46 AM   16
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I had water birth in hospital x



 
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Old Jun 9th, 2016, 05:09 AM   17
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I wanted a birth centre water birth with my first and I got as far as the pool. But as with LoveCakes I stopped making progress when in the water so it didn't work out for me. As it had been 24 hours since my waters broke I got transferred to the labour ward and was induced with a drip to restart the labour.

I'm not planning to try water birth this time in case the same happens again.



 
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Old Aug 9th, 2016, 04:10 AM   18
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Ill have to take back some of my comment since I ended up with a water birth for no 2!

The midwife talked to me and said I probably got in the water too soon last time. After half an hour when my contractions were stronger and more consistent I got in and it was really nice, it didn't help the pain but did relax me.

I only had a barely 2nd degree tear but not sure if that was the water or positions (hands and knees) or just luck.



 
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Old Sep 4th, 2016, 23:44 PM   19
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I have also read about this. I am interested in knowing more.



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Old Sep 5th, 2016, 04:22 AM   20
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My ME has ticked my box in notes saying water birth. Am guessing if no issues then this is all A-ok x



 
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