Anyone planning or had a waterbirth?

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  1. Tias1

    Tias1 New Member

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    Hi all,
    Just wondered if anyone is thinking of having a water birth. Im still undecided, they dont seem to be that popular so not to sure. Im planning on having pethadine (spelling?) and gas and air so i thought the water might help the pains a epidural would normaly block out. If anyones had a waterbirth before i would really appreciate it if you could share your expirience with me and let me know if it helps at all.
    Thanks in advance .x.
     
  2. MarchMummy11

    MarchMummy11 Guest

    I'm planning to have a waterbirth if the pool is available. All the pool birth videos i've watched have just seemed so much more calmer and relaxed.
    My midwife confused me though as apparently although waterbirths aren't really that popular...it's very hard to get hold of the pool as it's generally in use :dohh::shrug:
     
  3. KeirasMummy.

    KeirasMummy. Expecting A Little Girl

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    Hey this is my first & after reading up on it i have decided on a water birth, i know you cant have an epidural if your having a water birth & am not sure but dont think you can have pethadine either, you can still have gas & air tho!

    To me a water birth just looks sooo more relaxing & i have read that it can help relieve pain, decrease the chances of tearing & being in the water helps when pushing baby out x
     
  4. tink23

    tink23 Proud Single Mum to Eli

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    Am planning a home water birth - been told by MW you can have G+A and pethidine using the birth pool although I don't want the pethidine..

    Hoping to go anyday now since today is my due date (pfft like that means anything!) so will try and remember to let you know how it went if I get chance..!
     
  5. mariposa31

    mariposa31 ttc#2/pregnant??

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    i am planning to have water birth too, was surprised at antenatal classess that i was the only one amongst about 40 couples who opted for it
     
  6. hotpinkangel

    hotpinkangel Well-Known Member

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    I am planning a waterbirth again this time as I had one with my little boy, and I absolutely loved it!! The water (for me) really helped with the pain of the contractions, and was so relaxing. I liked how light I felt and how the water supported me :) when Devon was born he came out so calm and just snuggled up to me and looked around the room! I would definately recommend it if you're considering one! Anything you'd like to know just ask!! X
     
  7. someoldgirl

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    Fingers crossed I'll be having a water birth too! I was given the impression they were pretty popular because as someone said above, they always seem to be in use.

    Also, my midwife said you can have G&A and Pethadine.
    x
     
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    someoldgirl Well-Known Member

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    That's really surprised me! I wonder how many on my classes will plan to have one.
     
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    tink23 Proud Single Mum to Eli

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    I was the only one in my antenatal class who is planning a home water birth, that surprised me altho there were only about 10 other women in my class...
     
  11. marnie79

    marnie79 Well-Known Member

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    i love the idea of water births, but i tried it with my first and tbh found it horrible :-( i was just floating round in this pool, nearly going under everytime i had a contraction lol, so turns out wasnt for me. Hope u get to have one though and find it a fab experience xx
     
  12. Leanne27

    Leanne27 Mum to Olivia & Isla & TTC no 3 with new partner.

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    I really really want to try and have a waterbirth. This is my first baby and I think that being in the water will be way more relaxing than anything else.
    xxx
     
  13. Jenniflower

    Jenniflower Well-Known Member

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    I'm planning on having a home water birth. I wanted a water birth so bad that actually being afraid that it wouldn't be available on the day made me decide to have one at home. We've already blown up the pool and filled it up a few times I love having a "dip" in it now! I can't wait till the day :)

    I don't have the option of Pethidine so I don't know off hand if you can have that for a water birth or not. I'm offered diamorphine but I've already told my midwife there's no way I'm letting that touch me. I'd have to get out of the pool if I did use it, but mainly because of the effects it has on the baby. I'm hoping Gas and Air and water will be all I'm needing. :flower:
     
  14. Bellie710

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    I also tried a waterbirth with my first and hated it, had to get out the pool but with my 2nd I loved it. I think I got in far too early with my 1st.
     
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    I'm having a home water birth too (all going well) and can't wait for it arrive! I've never really considered anything else as I love water and spend my all my free time in it anyway swimming or kayaking! I'm hoping the water will relax me enough and help with tearing etc so G&A will be enough. I would say go for it, if it doesn't work try something else :) If it doesn't work for you I guess you can just get out!
     
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    i was told you couldn't have pethidine as it's too dangerous cause of the drowsiness, could be different for different hospitals though.

    i'm hopefully having a waterbith although my midwife really had to fight for me to get midwife led care - really scared they'll be taken up because i assumed they'd be really popular but apparently that's unlikely even though there's only one fixed and two inflatables at this hospital. i don't have a back up plan really so fingers crossed...
     
  17. someoldgirl

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    I've just checked and the literature from my maternity centre says in a water birth you can have entonox, pethidine/diamorphine.

    It must differ (as do lots of things) hospital to hospital. x
     
  18. natz123

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    I am really hoping I am able to have a water birth... so far *touch wood* my pregnancy has been really straight forward so fingers crossed ill be allowed..... just really gotta hope that the pool is free :)....... the only thing that puts me off a little bit if I am completely honest is the colour the water goes.... it really doesnt look nice, with a bed I thought they tended to take away the sheets pretty quickly or am I wrong there??
     
  19. Mrs-C

    Mrs-C Mummy to 1 DD & 2 dogs

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    I am also hoping for a water birth. I love relaxing in a bath and I'm hoping it will help with preventing tearing. DH prefers how they look too after seeing videos. I think he's hoping I'll be calmer which will keep him calmer!

    Our hospital only has two pools so I was thinking of a home birth. BUT we are unlucky people so I'm starting to think we should be near emergency equiptment!
     
  20. UkMum2b

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    i would like try it. in the begining i was totally in to the idea of an epidural but the more i hear about epidurals the more i am off the idea because you can end up wired in to so much kit and i want things to be a bit more free and natual. i would still have gas and air but i dont think its eveb possible to get pethadene in leeds at all any more i believe they stopped it because it can through to and affect the baby
     

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