I've heard there's risk of haemmoraging, and blood clots etc, does anyone know if it would make a difference if you had bub in the water, but then got out to birth the placenta??
I'm not sure if it makes a difference but thats what i did.
My story - I was determined to have a water birth, not sure why, i just realy liked the idea of it. I went overdue and had to be induced on the 10th day over. They broke my water then gave me the oxytocin through a drip. My labour started instantly strong and quick. After about 2.5 hours i was already 9 cm dilated. I was still laying on the bed, I was on the gas so wasn't realy aware of what was going on around me. My sister had to remind me that i wanted to get into the water, which i'm glad she did! So the midwife filled up the bath for me. It was kinda annoying having to wheel around the drip with me. So i got into the bath and it was very nice. It was good to just float around.. I started pushing and pushed for about an hour. Finally my beautiful son was born, once his head came out, the rest of him came out very quickly. He kinda just slid out and did a rolly polly in the water, then the midwife scooped him up and put him straight onto my chest and he cried straight away. After a little while the midwife gave DS to daddy while i got up and went onto the bed to deliver the placenta.
I would definatly recommend a water birth, i absolutly loved it.
The only con for me was because i was in the water the midwife was unable to assess how much i was tearing. I ended up with a 3rd degree tear which maybe an episiotomy would have been better?
Also if you have water birth, normally the only pain relief your allowed is the gas, some midwives will let you in the bath after a peth shot, some midwives wont allow it.
So they are my thoughts...