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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?
    When I was at work the other night, someone mentioned to me that the pools we have (bar the blow up one) actually have heating elements built in to keep the water temp stable. Wouldn't have a clue though as I've never seen/done a water birth yet (apart from on tv/education videos etc). I thought this was quite nifty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M'LadyEm View Post
    When I was at work the other night, someone mentioned to me that the pools we have (bar the blow up one) actually have heating elements built in to keep the water temp stable. Wouldn't have a clue though as I've never seen/done a water birth yet (apart from on tv/education videos etc). I thought this was quite nifty.
    I know water births are not really done too much yet in QLD but do you get further specific training in order to assist in a water birth? Or is it more learn on the job/learn from someone with more experience?

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinklify View Post
    I know water births are not really done too much yet in QLD but do you get further specific training in order to assist in a water birth? Or is it more learn on the job/learn from someone with more experience?
    Definitely more training. There's a whole education package that we have to complete before we can do supervised hands on. I know when we first started doing them they had education days to try and get all the birth suite staff up to speed. Trouble was they opened it up to the whole hospital staff so people who don't even work in birth suite were going and taking up spaces from those of us who do work down there occasionally. Luckily we have loads of midwives from the U.K. who were/are skilled in water birth so they've been able to help teach people. You need to be completely comfortable with it before you get signed off and deemed as competent. There are a few nervy midwives who just don't like them because when they do go wrong they can go wrong terribly. We had a few cases of people stimulating baby before baby was clear of the water (this is why the mums are asked to bing baby to the surface, NOT the midwives) causing them to take a breath before they were fully clear of the water. Too many people feel the need to be hands on, whereas a water birth is more of a spectator sport for the midwife (so I believe).

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    Quote Originally Posted by M'LadyEm View Post
    Definitely more training. There's a whole education package that we have to complete before we can do supervised hands on. I know when we first started doing them they had education days to try and get all the birth suite staff up to speed. Trouble was they opened it up to the whole hospital staff so people who don't even work in birth suite were going and taking up spaces from those of us who do work down there occasionally. Luckily we have loads of midwives from the U.K. who were/are skilled in water birth so they've been able to help teach people. You need to be completely comfortable with it before you get signed off and deemed as competent. There are a few nervy midwives who just don't like them because when they do go wrong they can go wrong terribly. We had a few cases of people stimulating baby before baby was clear of the water (this is why the mums are asked to bing baby to the surface, NOT the midwives) causing them to take a breath before they were fully clear of the water. Too many people feel the need to be hands on, whereas a water birth is more of a spectator sport for the midwife (so I believe).
    Our hospital don't offer it because we have very few trained midwives and the chances of getting one when you come in are slim. Overnight we only have 2 mw's rostered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M'LadyEm View Post
    When I was at work the other night, someone mentioned to me that the pools we have (bar the blow up one) actually have heating elements built in to keep the water temp stable. Wouldn't have a clue though as I've never seen/done a water birth yet (apart from on tv/education videos etc). I thought this was quite nifty.
    I know mine stayed very warm but I wasn't in there for more that 45mins

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    I loved the idea of a water birth...but I hate having a bath, and it turns out that I was much happier in the shower when in labour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinklify View Post
    I know water births are not really done too much yet in QLD but do you get further specific training in order to assist in a water birth? Or is it more learn on the job/learn from someone with more experience?
    Midwives need to be certified to do a water birth, my hospital told us at our class that they usually have at least one midwife on duty that is certified. The great thing about it too is that it's only you, your birth partner and one midwife in the room, because you can only really do it if you have no complications at all so no one else required.

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    Yeah you do need to keep topping up with warm water. Dh spent most of my labour topping up the water!

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    Question for those who had a water birth - what happens when you need to pee? Do you get out of the bath every time or just pee in the bath? I'm literally peeing every 5 minutes right now, I can't imagine having to get out of the bath every 5 minutes (if I was in labour)

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    I didn't need to pee but.. I would just go in the bath if you are close to birthing. Just remember, people poo themselves in the bath sometimes.


 

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