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.
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...
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.
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.
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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