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Hi, sorry I know this is kind of random. I woudl love a water birth however I know I would be put off if I see floaties or know they will be there.
Can anyone explain to me what happens to all the junk that comes out at birth please. Also would I have to catch/hold the baby or can I have someone else take it away and clean it first. Im only considering it for pain relief reasons.
You can get DH or a midwife to scoop anything out before you notice it if you would like, honestly though whilst birthing I really didn't give a sh*t and didn't really notice till looking through the photos.
I found I felt alot better knowing that everything was landing in the water then pooing with a doctors head between my legs on land.:laughing:
I guess the thought of it swimming around in the same water as me kinda grosses me out though. Could have them scoop it out lol I have an image of them with a big pool scoop on hand :o
:laughing: they should market some kind of water birth 'assorted matters' scoop.
You don't have to catch your baby, but make sure you discuss that with your midwife.
I think it is quiet common for women to be encouraged to catch their babies during a water birth.
I just had a waterbirth and there were no floaties at all the whole time. I expected the water to be filled with all sorts of gunk and blood, however it stayed clear the whole time. That was until the very end when the midwife cut bubs cord and the pool filled with blood..but I was just about stepping out of it by that stage! The midwife had previously told me that the pool generally stays clear during the labour. The only stuff that usually comes out is amniotic fluid (which is clear) and possibly urine, which you wouldn't notice anyway. And if you accidentally poo, the midwife will discreetly scoop it out.
In relation to catching the baby, the midwife caught mine and placed him straight on my chest. It's up to the mum what happens there, you don't 'have' to do anything, so just discuss it with the middie prior.
Well I haven't had my water birth yet. Hope to one day. This bub just didn't want to play that game. Anyways in all the research I did the water seemed to stay quite clear and bubs were born very clean. I don't think you would be to worried about the baby being taken away for cleaning. They seem to have their first bath as soon as they are born, haha.
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