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water birth/natural birth ?'s Ozzie & BamBam 17 kids; Houston, Texas 3906 posts
9th Nov '12

This has been bothering me for weeks so Im finally going to ask.



First im going to say I have myasthenia gravis, which I didnt know I had until after DS was born because the symptoms showed up after he was born. I had a csection with cassius and Ive heard of VBAC but I really really reaaalllly want to have a water birth. Im not pregnant lol but for future reference. I was wondering if your body does most of the pushing or do you have to do it? I feel kinda dumb asking that but Ive never had a baby vaginally so Idk what your body even does. All I know is contractions thats about it.



I have a very high pain tolerance so pain is nothing to me but I dont want to get ready to push and baby gets stuck. Is it possible to do water birth in a hospital? Do you see a midwife and ob/gyn?



My pregnancies will be High risk for the rest of my life because i have to take mestinon and with me having labored breathing all the time I know I would probably have to see an ob but I dont want one thats going to push a csection on me, I really want to try a water birth but what if my muscles are so weak I cant push would it hurt the baby?



Lol im pretty sure I should be asking a dr this but I just want a better view on water/natural birth.



Thanks for reading and replying ladies ^_^

~The Lunar Flower~ 2 kids; Alabama 6748 posts
9th Nov '12

you'd have to look up some of that info for your area(alabama doesn't allow midwives, etc)but i'd also talk to your dr about what they'd recommend for your body because you are high risk & have had a previous csection. You'd most likely have a midwife but also have to see an OB because you are high risk. I hope you find all the answers your looking for!

Ozzie & BamBam 17 kids; Houston, Texas 3906 posts
9th Nov '12
Quoting :)Amanda(::" you'd have to look up some of that info for your area(alabama doesn't allow midwives, etc)but i'd also ... [snip!] ... likely have a midwife but also have to see an OB because you are high risk. I hope you find all the answers your looking for!"


Thanks I hope so too. I always figured that I would have to see an ob for regular check up to make sure the baby is okay and I would have to be monitered during birth but it may be possible ya know.

~The Lunar Flower~ 2 kids; Alabama 6748 posts
9th Nov '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Ozzie & BamBam:</b>" Thanks I hope so too. I always figured that I would have to see an ob for regular check up to make sure the baby is okay and I would have to be monitered during birth but it may be possible ya know."</blockquote>



Its all about discussing your options. If you have a dr you trust(or an OB that worked well with you)i'd let them know what your interested in doing & see if it would be a safe option. I don't know how they'd feel about a home birth but it should be your choice to go natural & i'd call around to see if the hospitals do water births or have a birthing center close to you

hobbit* 3 kids; New Zealand 44783 posts
9th Nov '12

I can only answer the pushing thing since I live in a different country.
But yes, your body basically pushes for you. When the baby's coming the baby is coming and you can't stop it. You get a horrible feeling of the head coming down and an enormous pressure in your bum, you pushing helps the baby out but your body knows what to do, you want to push anyway, you can't stop the feeling of wanting to push.
I've had 3 straightforward quick births though with 1 or 2 pushes and baby is out.
I've had one Waterbirth with my second baby, I planned on a WB for my last baby too but I had her 2 minutes after getting to hospital almost in the hallway lol.
My WB was my easiest delivery. They were all 'easy' but she was out in one push and I was the most relaxed and calm in the water.

Ozzie & BamBam 17 kids; Houston, Texas 3906 posts
9th Nov '12
Quoting h*:" I can only answer the pushing thing since I live in a different country. But yes, your body basically ... [snip!] ... WB was my easiest delivery. They were all 'easy' but she was out in one push and I was the most relaxed and calm in the water."


Thanks. I have MG which is a muscle disorder so I know If i push it might make me weak and I didnt want baby to get stuck if I didnt have enough strength to push. I want the WB and the chance to hold the baby and immeditely be able to breastfeed. Im considering with my next pregnancy a water birth.