My “back up” plan for pain management during the birth of my first daughter was to get into a tub of water. However, in both my first and second births, more than coping with the pain the water helped me when I was exhausted. Both births were long and the water sounded relaxing. Floating in water allowed me to keep my pelvis open and alleviate pressure. In the final stage of birth there was something about the warmth of the water and my ability to float that helped me focus past the pain. And my favorite part is how baby comes out having had her first bath!
I have had two water births- but only my second was with the Midwives of New Jersey. My second experience far surpassed my hopes for a birth experience. Lisa’s calmness helped me relax & her guidance gave me confidence each step of the way. The Midwives empower & guide you through pregnancy and birth rather than micromanage or control your experience.
As a side note, before my first birth experience I thought birthing in water would be gross. I was open to the idea but thought I may want to get out at the end. But once in the tub things felt so good I refused to get out. Now I would want birth no other way.