We have been planning a home water birth, but after having our hospital tour at the weekend I am considering a water birth in hospital (the thought of having more support to hand post-birth is the main appeal)
The only thing that puts me off really - apart from the unfamiliar surroundings - is that the Delivery Suite Manager mentioned that they only fill the inflatable pools to about 1/3 full as the water goes cold quicker (which I knew) and its easier then to top up with warm rather than MWs running backwards and forwards emptying cold first.
The main reason i want water is for the support, buoyancy and warmth OVER my bump, but surely if its only 1/3 full it will be more like sitting in a warm puddle?
Has anyone had a hospital water birth using an inflatable pool?
Do they mean they start with 1/3 full then as you progress they add buckets of hot water so effectively the pool will get fuller and fuller as you progress further into labour and they need to keep adding water to heat it? I might consider it then
yeah Im guessing they do mean that - although I would want the pool to be at least half full (so that it covers my bump) when I get in as Ive read about women feeling instant relief once they sit in the water, but at 1/3 full I cant imagine I would get that much relief? hmm......
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