Giving birth in water has been proven to be one of the most effective ways to relieve pain during labour. If it’s something you’ve chosen to do, you might have a few unanswered questions in your mind. Ask yourself some questions: what are your reasons for wanting a water birth? Are you doing it for yourself or someone else? How would you feel if you couldn’t have a waterbirth? Asking these questions will help you to develop and trust your intuition, leading to a much better labour experience.
Choosing a Tub
The tub you choose to give birth in should be large enough for you to sit comfortably in it, and for the water to come up to armpit level. You may only be able to use tubs that the hospital provide, so take a look at them first. The tub should be cleaned using a non abrasive cleaner and 10% bleach. When it comes to the water in your tub, make sure it’s:
Clean, so it’s pure enough to drink.
Without essential oils, unless they’ve been diluted in milk first.
Had a cup of salt added to stop your skin wrinkling.
Temperature of the Water
The water should be between 35 and 38 degrees depending on your preference. Don’t let the water be too cool, as you’ll tense up trying to keep yourself warm. At the same time, you shouldn’t have the water too hot as you can become drowsy and dehydrated.
The Birthing Room
Make sure the birthing room is heated to your comfort, and that warm towels are ready for both you and your baby.
Eating and Drinking
You should drink as often as you feel thirsty, and make sure you drink at least 300mls every few hours to keep yourself hydrated. Eating and drinking in labour can help to make your labour shorter by as much as an hour and a half. Eat food that is light and easily digested when you’re hungry.
When You Should Get in The Tub
You should wait until you have a strong urge to get in the water. Contractions should be strongly established, but bear in mind at this point if you made the decision to hire a TENS machine, you won’t be able to take it in the water. A change of environment can get things moving, so if things slow down as you’re in the water, get out and walk around, then get back in.
Different positions can also be a big help during labour. Try squatting, kneeling, leaning, sitting, or lying outstretched. You might want your partner to be in the tub with you, while other women prefer to be in there alone.
Will My Baby Be Able to Breathe?
You’ll pick your baby up out of the water as soon as it’s born, as there’s no need to leave them under any longer. The baby won’t breathe until it’s face it out of the water in the air, or until it’s stimulated. The baby will continue receiving oxygen through the umbilical cord until then, as it did during your pregnancy.
Choosing a water birth can make your labour a much more enjoyable experience, and can be a great way to relieve the pain. There are many benefits, so don’t hesitate to contact your hospital to discuss your requirements!
the big sister using the telescope…
the happy kid after the fair…
one of the tame monarch butterflies, let our daughter to held on it.
so that people won’t get lost… lol
This happened when our girl was in Kindergarten back in 2012. Free admission so we took advantage of it. Our kids had the fun at the said event. Though, I knew that my husband hated to be in a crowd places but I insisted him to go with us. He did which I was so grateful. As the title of the event says ” The Great Insect Fair” we saw different types of insects, ugly and beautiful. LOL! Different shapes, colors, you name it. Our daughter really likes the event, she learns a lot. She saw insects that she did not see in our yard before.