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I would love to hear from woman who have helped bring waterbirth to their local hospital.
What worked for you?
Was your care provider a nurse midwife or a doctor?
Was it a positive experience?
What would you do differently?
There are many expecting mothers right now trying to convince their hospital to allow them to labor and birth in water. This can be an overwhelming hill to climb for some. For others the job may be easier because there are hospital staff that support this option.
This may or may not be the ‘hill’ for you. If your personality is up for the task at hand, then great. But if you are someone who does not cope well with conflict, disappointment, and challenge, then this may not be a good project for you.
It is wonderful when you can easily find the perfect care provider who happily accepts your birth wishes. Homebirth midwife and home delivery. Nurse midwife at a birth center. Or OB/GYN at a hospital. But what do you do when you have limited options in your community and your birth wishes are not readily accepted and even turned down?
I am hoping that this BLOG can serve as a resource for those women trying to bring change to their hospitals and for those women simply wanting their wishes for how they labor and birth to be considered.
Please spread the word. I would love to hear from those of you who have succeeded and what worked and didn’t work.
Adding your birth partner to your pool…
This photo shows what every water birthing family wants. A cozy new family enjoying those first moments with their baby. I love this photo and this is just what you want to see after a birth. Everyone taking time to let the new family be.
But laboring in water is a different story. I have seen over and over again, that when the dad is added to the water birth pool, the mother stops moving about and ends up sitting instead of being on hands and knees.
Why are you in water? To feel more comfortable and to have ease of movement and, of course, a better transition for baby. Typically when dad or your birth partner enter the pool the couple end up sitting in the pool and mom becomes inactive.
I am not here to say, “Keep him out of the pool.” I am here to say, “Add him only if needed.” It is important to labor as undisturbed as possible and in water it is important to have your water space to yourself which will allow your body to move more freely. Undisturbed and free movement add up to a better labor and birth.
Your birth partner and meet your needs outside of the pool and if needed, simply add dad. But try to not plan on him being in the pool as an absolute. Leave yourself open to the idea that you will labor better with him close but not in the pool.
Read more here: Your Birth Partner
We are seeing a strong increase in sales of our Dechlorinating Water Filter.
We love this filter and use one on our own shower at home. It is easy to use and can be attached to your shower for continued use after your water birth.
This filter converts harmful chlorine into harmless chloride as water travels through it’s unique filter.
It’s specially formulated bacteriostatic KDF media is a better chlorine removal than standard KDF formulas.
This filter will not slow down your fill time on your water birth pool as the built-in jet dispersal improves water flow-through. Also the sediment trap reduces clogging.
Not only does this filter convert chlorine to chloride, it’s crystalline quartz filter energizes the water for better “feeling” water.
After your water birth simply attach your filter to your shower pipe then reattach your shower head and enjoy the difference this filter will make.
This filter typically lasts 6-9 months and the pop-in replacement cartridge is easy to install.
We sell these filters three ways:
Filter with kitchen sink adapter: This set up allows you to attach this filter to your kitchen sink then attach your water hose for filling your water birth pool.
Filter with shower adapters: This set up allows you to attach your water hose for filling your water birth pool.
This is the perfect accessory addition for the family who wants their baby to arrive in water without chlorine in it.
December 8, 2010
Breaking from a culture where hospital births are the norm and Caesarian rates are the highest in the world, Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen chose to deliver her son Benjamin in her own bathtub.
Wife of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Bundchen is one of a growing number of women who are embracing water birth, touted as a gentler way to bring a baby into the world.
Full article abc News
Gisele – who had a water birth on Dec. 8 at the Boston condo she shares with her husband, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, 32 – also didn’t have an epidural. “I wanted to be conscious and present for what was happening,” she says. “I didn’t want to be anesthetized. I wanted to feel.”
It is wonderful to watch hospitals come on board with offering the option of water for labor and birth. As each new hospital contacts us and figures out (typically with the help of a midwife) what pool and accessories they want, I smile knowing that this hospital labor and delivery unit is about to change for the better.
At first they order just a few pools and supplies. But within a few months their order increase as the care providers become more supportive of this, originally, questionable method for childbirth.
Having water available at your birth provides you with the opportunity to naturally reduce tension and pain while you labor. Less tension and pain allows your body to be more relaxed and to labor more efficiently. This means a quicker labor and birth and the reduced chance of needing medical interventions.
No medical interventions means that you and your baby will not experience the side effects of medications. You will both be more alert and aware of each other. There is nothing I enjoy more than watching mother and baby as they look at each other right after birth.