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    Default Water Births in Public Hospitals- is it done?

    Yes mine does. My waters were broken before arrival and I was already 5cm dilated. I had a water birth. They have one delivery room with a permanent bath and I was told they were getting inflatable portable baths so more women could use them. It is my local public hospital.

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    There is an extra risk with the scar tearing and they told me this would be impossible to monitor in a bath as electricity and water don't mix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KerriO View Post
    There is an extra risk with the scar tearing and they told me this would be impossible to monitor in a bath as electricity and water don't mix.
    I guess that makes sense.. it's still disappointing though.

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    My public hospital does them but you have to meet very strict criteria to be 'eligible' for the water birth. Most women are 'risked out' including myself, for having a baby that was measuring 2 weeks ahead. Needless to say, I had a homebirth instead and got my waterbirth

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    Default Re: Water Births in Public Hospitals- is it done?

    Mine does, although they only have one birthing tub at the moment so it's first in.

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    My public hospy allows labouring in the bath, but you're mean't to get out to actually birth bub. In reality they have lots of 'accidental' waterbirths. Unless bubs heartrate is dropping/ rising/ merconium in the water etc most of the middies don't make mum get out and bub is waterbirthed.

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    Default Water Births in Public Hospitals- is it done?

    Women's & children's in Adelaide let you have a water birth. you have to meet certain criteria and sign some legal type forms. As there are not baths in every room you aren't guaranteed to get a water birth but they will try to accommodate you.

    I did there class and filled in all of the forms well in advance. I also mentioned I wanted a water birth when calling the hospital on my way in.

    Unfortunately I missed out on my water birth but I did get to labour in the bath. I had to get out to push as I'd had merc stained waters which make it a higher risk - one they won't allow.

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    Armadale Hospital WA allow water births. There is only 1 bath though

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    Default Water Births in Public Hospitals- is it done?

    In the hospital I'm going to you have to be in low risk ward to have a water birth so yes the birthing centre section. In my midwife team 6 out of about 8 are trained in water birth.

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    Hornsby Hospital in Northern sydney has special birthing baths in all of their labour rooms...

    All of the midwives have now been trained in waterbirth too...

    However, if you are having a VBAC, I am guessing they would like to monitor you a bit more which they can't necessarily due in the water?


 

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