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Please tell me about your comparison of water birth vs non water birth!

I've had 4 vaginal births, all in a hospital setting in a bed. I really want a water birth, but unsure how it compares. I've watched some youtube videos and saw that the women seem super calm, and I really want that!

Please tell me about what you feel about your water birth vs your non water births, and which you'd be more likely to do the next time around.

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Re: Please tell me about your comparison of water birth vs non water birth!

My first was a home waterbirth, best experience ever! Pain was minimal in the water and she came out so easily with no tearing at all. My second I had to have in the hospital and was able to labor in a tub (not as deep as the pool my DD was born in) and while that was better than no water it was definitely more painful at times than my first. I had to get out of the tub to actually have him and I prefer the water birth experience. It wasn't awful or anything but it was defiantly less pain in the water and I tore a little in my land birth. I'd choose a water birth every time if given the option.
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Re: Please tell me about your comparison of water birth vs non water birth!

My 3rd was a water birth. 4rth was not. 3rd was so much better. I hope to have another water birth this time around.
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Re: Please tell me about your comparison of water birth vs non water birth!

How were the contractions in the water? Less intense, more, same?
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Re: Please tell me about your comparison of water birth vs non water birth!

I have had 9 waterbirths. I got out for a few minutes w/ a couple and the contraxs were way more intense. I cannot imagine birthing w/o water.
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Re: Please tell me about your comparison of water birth vs non water birth!

Unfortunately, my one waterbirth was really fast, so I couldn't say. I pretty much got in the water and started pushing. I would love to have labored in the water, but it took me so long to get labor really going, that I didn't go back to my midwife until I was sure it was the real deal.
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Re: Please tell me about your comparison of water birth vs non water birth!

I've had three of each. My first two and my fourth babies were hospital births in bed. They went OK, but the pain was pretty overwhelming at times. My third, fifth, and sixth were homebirths in the bath. The water doesn't take away the pain, but it helps you to relax which makes the pain so much more manageable. I was not one of those totally calm silent waterbirthing moms, but I was much more comfortable in the water than out - there was NO WAY I was getting out of that tub without a VERY good reason!

Some women don't feel comfortable in the water - they don't feel grounded, and they want something solid to push against, or whatever. But the majority LOVE it.
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Re: Please tell me about your comparison of water birth vs non water birth!

Wow, thanks for the input!!! I get a bit "moaning" in the end, with the "I'm scared" noises and cries. I would love a calming water birth to help me out! I've watched a few different births online, and found the women calmer in the water.
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Unfortunately, my one waterbirth was really fast, so I couldn't say. I pretty much got in the water and started pushing. I would love to have labored in the water, but it took me so long to get labor really going, that I didn't go back to my midwife until I was sure it was the real deal.
Pretty much same thing with me.
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Re: Please tell me about your comparison of water birth vs non water birth!

Was the ring of fire less in water? I think that was the worst and it continued to hurt after so much so I wasn't able to hold my baby I was in such pain.
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