No water birth for me

I am very disappointed. It appears as though there is no way for me to have a water birth as I had planned. Jon is very concerned about having a birth tub in the apartment. He is afraid that the floors won’t hold all 2,000+ pounds of water and tub. He even spoke with the landlord, who also doesn’t think that the floor would hold up.

That doesn’t leave me many options. I can labor in our shower/tub and either stand up or get out to have the baby, or we can go rent a nearby hotel room with a spa. While that’s tempting, I’m not sure I want to do that. Aside from the money thing, Noah seems very interested in all this baby stuff. I think he may even want to be there when the baby is born. I hate to cheat him out of it, if that’s what he really wants. I just don’t know what to do. Yes, I have a while to think about it, but still.

3 thoughts on “No water birth for me”

  1. Congrats on your baby! You and I are only 2 weeks apart – I enjoy hearing how things are progressing with you. I’ve had a traditional hospital birth (ugh), a waterbirth at a birth centre with midwife, and an unintentional unassisted home birth (the best experience ever!) While I love laboring in the tub or shower, I think I actually prefer to birth on my bed. The waterbirth was wonderful but I missed really being able to feel my baby’s head crown and come out. The water, even as minimal as it is, did provide somewhat of a barrier to that sensation. And I had my older children present – lots of prep work in advance for them and it was amazing to have the experience be a family affair 🙂 Like you said, lots of time to figure it all out and whatever you decide will be the best decision for you and baby!

    1. Thank you for that. I hadn’t thought about there being any pros to a dry birth – only cons. That definitely gives me something positive to think about since I’m probably going to wind up having a dry birth.

    2. Thank you. It’s always nice to hear from others that are due around the same time.

      I have been so focused on not being able to have a water birth that I’ve only been able to focus on the negative. Now I have something positive to think about since I will most likely be having a dry birth. Thanks!

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