I would REALLY like to have a water birth. I talked to my OB about it today and she said I could labor in the tub but when it came time to push I'd need to get out. This is my first baby and I have gestational diabetes so her concern is my baby being too big, getting stuck and needing to get her out quickly. I have this INTENSE fear of being tethered to the bed which I really do NOT want. I guess one good thing is, I'll have a doula and she knows what I want and don't want so hopefully she'll be a good advocate for me when the time comes. If I could get my husband on board, I'd just have her at home and be done with the whole hospital thing. :(

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From what I understand, hospitals will not allow a baby to actually be born in the tub. Just as your OB said, they will allow you to labor in the tub, but will make you get out before the baby is born. Of course, the hospital policies vary, and it's always a good idea to find out the policies where you plan to go.

I'm planning my first water birth, and it will be at home. It's something I've always wanted to do, but I've had my first four babies in the hospital and didn't have the option. Where I live, I have to birth at home in order to have a water birth, and I'm really excited about it.

Having a doula on your side can help, but you will still be limited by hospital policy and what your doctor and hospital will allow. Has your hubby watched The Business of Being Born? It could help him see the safety of home birth, and he may be more open to it. The gestational diabetes could be an issue for a home birth midwife, but it's definitely worth looking into. Good luck!
Cherylyn Douglas said:
From what I understand, hospitals will not allow a baby to actually be born in the tub. Just as your OB said, they will allow you to labor in the tub, but will make you get out before the baby is born. Of course, the hospital policies vary, and it's always a good idea to find out the policies where you plan to go.

I'm planning my first water birth, and it will be at home. It's something I've always wanted to do, but I've had my first four babies in the hospital and didn't have the option. Where I live, I have to birth at home in order to have a water birth, and I'm really excited about it.

Having a doula on your side can help, but you will still be limited by hospital policy and what your doctor and hospital will allow. Has your hubby watched The Business of Being Born? It could help him see the safety of home birth, and he may be more open to it. The gestational diabetes could be an issue for a home birth midwife, but it's definitely worth looking into. Good luck!

He watched a little bit of it with me. He is TOTALLY against home birth, birth center or anything OTHER than a hospital. Of course he also works at the hospital I'll be giving birth at. The ONE thing that gives me comfort about birthing at this particular hospital is that it has one of the top rated maternity wards in the country. I've got A LOT to learn and not a lot of time...I'll be 32 weeks on Friday!

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