Question of the Quarter: What is your favorite waterbirth story?

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in Midwifery Today, Issue 54, Summer 2000. Subscribe to Midwifery Today Magazine Q: What is your favorite waterbirth story? A: My favorite waterbirth story is mine! Pregnant with baby number four, I labored for a few hours on a Sunday morning. It was wonderful. I was very relaxed, and all I could feel was stretching and burning, but no discomfort. Then, nothing more happened until Friday at 12:50 a.m. I woke up to go to the bathroom. As I was getting back in bed I felt a contraction, then a little while later another, then another. I decided to keep an eye on the clock; it seemed they came every four or five minutes. At 1:30 a.m. I called my husband at work. Once I knew he was on his way I ate and drank a bit, then started running a bath. I got into it and put a cloth on my belly. Whenever I contracted I poured warm water on my belly. I was very comfortable and doing well when my husband arrived at 2:00 a.m. We prayed, then started calling friends and the midwife. At about 2:15 a.m. my contractions started to

Une étape dans l’histoire des piscines d’accouchement

Le 21 aout 1999 marque un tournant important dans naissances aquatiques. A Landmark in the History of Birthing Pools

Birth Surprise in Jerusalem

Our twins remained in the breech position for months before their due date. We were unable to find a midwife or doctor willing to let me birth naturally unless at least the first baby turned head down.

Waterbirth Basics, From Newborn Breathing to Hospital Protocols

Waterbirth is simple. Within the simplicity of water labor and birth lies a complexity of questions, choices, opinions, research data, women’s experience and practitioner observations. One of the first and foremost questions in everyone’s mind when they hear of waterbirth stories is simple: How does the baby breathe during a waterbirth?

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