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    Default Were you able to give birth off a hospital bed?

    I'm going to a private hospital and don't want to be bound on a hospital bed giving birth. How do I approach this with my obstetrician so I can state what my preference is for birthing my baby.

    Were you able to give birth off a hospital bed and how did it come about that you were able to do so?

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    Default Were you able to give birth off a hospital bed?

    During the tour at the private hospital where I had DD2, the midwife showed us the various options had when it came to giving birth.

    They had beanbags to lean over, those big exercise balls, a birthing stool....these were all other options if you didn't feel comfortable on the bed.

    You could ask your OB what options you have rather than giving birth on a bed and go from there.

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    I also went private, and did end up giving birth on the bed, but that was my choice. I was also on CFM but I remained upright, kneeling over the head of the bed. So, just because you might end up in bed, doesn't mean that you can't have an active labour.

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    Default Were you able to give birth off a hospital bed?

    Both times I was hooked up to various monitors - dd1 I was in theatre and in stirrups so reclined back on the bed.

    But for dd2 I was kneeling (my choice) on the bed leaning against the bed head. My DH is quite tall and he could stand in front of me and hold me upright. He never likes being at the business end.

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    I went privately with DS, during the tour of the birth suite they were very open as to where and how you could give birth... pretty much whereever you were comfy really. I did end up birthing, thru choice, on the bed. But the bed was amazing! It moved so many ways! When I actually delivered it was more like I was sitting on a chair (legs hanging down), as that end was lowered almost all the way to the ground. Quite cool really!

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    I went public, but not sure private would be any different in terms of being able to have an active birth? I stated in my birth plan I wanted to be free to move around as I pleased and birth in whatever position I felt comfortable in. The midwives were very supportive of this. I didn't have any drugs, obviously it would be a different story if you have an epidural, or if you are induced and need to be hooked up to monitors etc.

    When I got to hospital the middy asked if I wanted an internal, which I did to see how I was going. For this I had to be lying on the bed and I was in agony through each contraction - she actually had to let me jump up and stand/ sway through the contractions and quickly do the internal between contractions. There is no way I would have been able to have a drug free birth had I been restricted on my back on the hospital bed.

    After the internal I jumped in the shower and laboured standing, then closer to pushing stage I got out of the shower and kneeled on a mat with my arms up on the bed, and that's the position I was in when DS was delivered.

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    Default Re: Were you able to give birth off a hospital bed?

    I was in a birth centre. DD was a water birth so born in a huge spa thing. DS was on the bed, on knees at the top holding into the rails at the back of the bed. I think it was titled? I could have done whatever though...even an option to give birth outside!

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    Default Re: Were you able to give birth off a hospital bed?

    I went in to the l&d when I was in labour. Got into the delivery suite, midwife told me that I would need to get on the bed...

    I said, (between contractions) unless there is a medical reason for me needing to be up there... no.

    I am staying right here (I was leaning on the side of the bed and squatted down a little bit). She kept trying to get me on the bed because it would be "easier for her". My answer was still the same.

    Did it with bub#2 as well. Except it was before I even got into the delivery suite. Lol

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