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    Thanks everyone for sharing your stories! I'm definitely keen for a water birth, just want to be sure I have a better idea of what to expect in case it's not for me.

    It's also the bath suite at my hospital that appealed to me, it's just so tranquil and calm in there and non-medical feeling. So far no complications that require me to go to hospital in early labour so hoping to stay home as long as possible and can use the bath and shower to get a feel for how it's working for me. I also have a TENS machine (won't use it in the water of course )

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    Make sure you go in with enough time for admission and for them to fill up the tub

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamasupial View Post
    Make sure you go in with enough time for admission and for them to fill up the tub
    Yes!

    Thankfully my midwife got to the hospital before me and filled up the tub while I was on my way. Was admitted at 10 and started pushing at. 10:15 so if she hadn't filled it up i might not have had time to get in (they take a while to fill!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by rainbow road View Post
    Yes!

    Thankfully my midwife got to the hospital before me and filled up the tub while I was on my way. Was admitted at 10 and started pushing at. 10:15 so if she hadn't filled it up i might not have had time to get in (they take a while to fill!).
    I called my MW as soon as contractions started. She said she would shower and head in to fill the bath. Because I was calm on the phone she thought she had time lol. 5 mins later I text saying I was heading in. I beat her there. Someone else started filling the tub for me when I got there. As soon as it was full I got in. Had maybe 5 contractions in there before having Bub.

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    I dont exactly fit your criteria in that I didnt plan to have a waterbirth, nor did I actually have one, however when I was in labour I was really uncomfortable and the midwife kept suggesting a bath and I kept telling her NO and I remember at one stage asking for an epidural instead. The midwife said "I tell you what, I'll fill the bath for you, you can hop in and try it, and if you dont like it you can get straight out and we'll get that epidural". I agreed to that (probably just so I could tell her that I knew I wouldnt like it). Well, would you believe I LOVED that bath. I stayed in there for 3.5 hours and the midwife had to beg me to get out to deliver because for some reason I actually dont know, I couldnt deliver in the bath. If I could have stayed there to deliver, I definitely would have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamasupial View Post
    I called my MW as soon as contractions started. She said she would shower and head in to fill the bath. Because I was calm on the phone she thought she had time lol. 5 mins later I text saying I was heading in. I beat her there. Someone else started filling the tub for me when I got there. As soon as it was full I got in. Had maybe 5 contractions in there before having Bub.
    Haha, I thought I had time, but my midwife knew I would have a quick labour (I swear she's psychic!). I was all "I'm cool to hang at home" and she was like mmmmhmmm, we'll see! 😂😂

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    Haha, I thought I had time, but my midwife knew I would have a quick labour (I swear she's psychic!). I was all "I'm cool to hang at home" and she was like mmmmhmmm, we'll see!
    I'm a sook and have gone to hospital pretty much as soon as contractions started for both babies lol.

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    If you're in the bath a long time, do they keep topping up with warm water?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yogis Mumma View Post
    If you're in the bath a long time, do they keep topping up with warm water?
    They would have to, it needs to be ~ 37 degrees when baby is born so baby doesn't try to breathe until they're pulled out (body temp like what they're already submerged in).

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    They were going to change the water in mine as my waters broke and there was meconium but... Bub was crowning.


 

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