5 Reasons I rate water births 25


There seems to be a bit of a baby boom across the parenting blogger community at the moment. So many of the lovely bloggers I follow regularly are expecting, due or have a new baby in their first few months of life. Not only is it making me incredibly broody, it is also making me think back to my birth experiences. I have written Kinley’s birth story before and I am saving Ellis’ to guest blog somewhere. Hayden’s is quite a blur of drugs, forceps, stitches and an experience I’m not sure I want to re-live. The one thing I did differently with my second and third labour was to give birth in a birthing pool. Something I now swear by. It is highly unlikely I will have any more children as we have put some permanent contraception in place (I say we, I mean he!) but if miracles were to happen I would opt for a water birth every single time. Here is my list of why I rate water births. Hopefully it will help some of you make a decision when you come to write your birth plan.

5 reasons I rate water births

5 Reasons I rate water births

Calming

Going into labour can be quite stressful. There is the anticipation, the hope, the fear, knowing (or not knowing) what pain you’re about to experience. Mix that with excitement and love, it is easy to get overwhelmed with everything. In my experience each time I sat myself down in that warm tub of water, my body instantly relaxed. Like I was just getting into a warm bath. Everything feels peaceful and it is easy to lose yourself in that moment. Well until the next contraction comes along. But even then, everything is just so much calmer.

Less exposed

Whilst in personal experience, dignity was well and truly lost in the throws of labour, I found each time there is that initial moment of exposure when you are asked to take off you bottom half and lie on the bed. Once I was in the pool/bath I didn’t feel so self conscious, I was completely naked yet felt somewhat protected by the water. If you are worried about exposing your whole body to someone you have more than likely never met, there are some amazing products available that covers you up a little, and even just a bikini top can take away some of those personal worries. I would say though, trust me, when everything gets intense, you really do not care who is looking at what.

In control

Something about the water made me feel so much more in control of my body. My first labour experience was completely alien to me, as it is for many, but I just did not feel in control of what my body was telling me to do. My water births felt totally different. Even though with my second baby I was petrified after my first experience, I was able to control my breathing, my pushes and the pain so much better. My third labour, whilst painful was actually quite a pleasant experience.

Less yuck

Whilst giving birth is the most beautiful thing, lets face it, there will be more bodily fluid in that room than you can shake a stick at. Once I’d got over the initial overwhelming emotions after giving birth to Hayden, I was desperate to hit the shower. All I wanted to do was feel a little more clean and comfortable so I could truly enjoy those first few hours with my first born. A water birth took that away for me. Whilst I was far from ‘clean’ I felt more comfortable. After giving birth to Kinley, I didn’t feel a desperate need to shower until later on at home (we went home 2 hours after he was born). which meant James and I could just relax in the moment before we took him home to his 2 crazy brothers. Let me warn you though, do not look back in that water after you’ve got out!

Pain relief

This one is the biggest reason I rate water births. I’m not too bad with pain, I’m not one to quickly grab the pills when I get a headache and I hated the way the drugs made me feel when I had Hayden. When I got into hospital with Ellis I was offered gas and air, I took two puffs and refused anymore, I hated it. I said I may change my mind later on but I didn’t need to have it. Yes, it bloody hurts, stings and burns but I just didn’t feel I needed anything other than the warm water around me. With Kinley I knew I didn’t want any pain relief. I took nothing at all. The water takes away the intensity, you have something soothing those area’s whilst they are birthing your baby. And the contractions are so much more manageable with the water around you.

I would highly recommend a water birth to anyone that is in a position to do so. I look back at my 2nd two births and don’t see drugs, screaming and feeling yucky afterwards, all I remember are the good moments, because that was all there was.

Did you have a water birth? Or are you considering having one with your next baby? I would really look into whether it is available to you. They changed how I look back on the birth of my children.

 

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25 thoughts on “5 Reasons I rate water births

  • Savannah

    Water birth truly is such a wonderful and amazing thing. I labored, but did not deliver in the water. It was so relaxing and such an amazing relief, as you said. My only problem was when it came time to push, I was already so incredibly hot and sweaty, that the water and pool made me feel claustrophobic. So, though my kiddo was born on land, I am one to ALWAYS recommend water birth <3 #KCACOLS

  • Davina Taylor

    I didn’t actually give birth in the pool with my first baby, but I spent a lot of time in the water and it felt amazing. I couldn’t have a water birth the second time around, but I would have done if I could. Such a calming, peaceful way to labour. #KCACOLS

  • Jaylan - Diapers at Dawn

    I was lucky enough to have a water birth and loved it! My mum was horrified when I told her that was the plan, you know parents always think the worst, but it was the right choice for me and I’ll be doing it again when we’re ready for baby 2. I agree that it eases the pain and you feel more in control, I didn’t want anyone touching me when I was in labour so this worked out great! x #KCACOLS

  • tracey bowden

    I honestly never considered a water birth, nor was I asked if I wanted to consider it by anyone. Turns out at 5 weeks early and 14 and a half minute labour it wouldn’t of been worth it. I have heard a lot of people rave about them though and after reading this I can see why, anything to help with pain aside from the drugs is good (I had 2 paracetamol :/ )
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

  • Right Royal Mother

    I think we’re pretty lucky: I had two water births as well with NG and NC and they were both quick and pretty bloody (excuse the pun) good. They hurt like hell of course but I only had a bit of gas and air with them both before I got into the pool and seeing them come out and then ‘swim’ up to me was pretty mind-blowing. So glad you had a good experience too. Yay! #KCACOLS

  • Mommy's Little Princesses

    Sounds like a water birth is definitely worth considering. Unfortunately it’s not something I was able to have and something I won’t be able to have after having had two c-sections. I’m glad it was a positive experience for you though hon. Xx #KCACOLS

  • Crummy Mummy

    I had a water birth with Little B and it was fabulous – it meant I didn’t need any pain relief, not even gas and air, and I pulled him to the surface and into my arms myself. I couldn’t have wished for a better birth, which was the total opposite of my experience with BB three years earlier which was an induction… #KCACOLS

  • Sarah-arthurwears

    I was adamant I wanted a water birth with Arthur – and I did actually have my whole labour in the water with no pain relief – but I did end up with a really nasty 3b tear which 2 consultants and a midwife have since told would not have happened if I wasn’t in the water as they could have intervened by putting pressure on the baby’s head…..I have a higher risk of it happening next time and being much worse so I don’t think another water birth is an option for me, If I do go down that route rather than a c section! #KACOLS

  • Rachel Bustin

    I am not a lover of water, in fact I cannot swim! So I don’t think a water birth is for me!. I am not thinking about another baby at the moment as 10 weeks ago I had an emergency c-section with my baby girl and thats something I would not rather re- live. I think if a wtaer birth is a great option for people who want to have one xx

    #KCACOLS

  • justsayingmum

    Aww I really free with this – I originally trained as a Paediatric Nurse and we had to do a placement in maternity for 6 months so I got to see many different ways of giving birth and at the time I thought the water birth was beautiful – the women really did look more calm (!) and less exposed. I unfortunately couldn’t have one but if i’d been able to that would have been my choice. #KCACOL

  • Nadia - ScandiMummy

    Lovely post! I had a waterbirth too, and I loved it. Though my OH was shocked at what ended up floating in the water, lol. Would definitely choose it again if I ever have another. #KCACOLS

    Nadia – ScandiMummy x

  • Angela at Daysinbed

    This sounds fab! Sadly I was attached to lots of Iv drips and monitors when I had Sylvia but I would have loved to have a water labour. I was with my sister years ago when she had a water birth and it was great! Angela from Daysinbed