Considering a water birth in Singapore? Before you jump in, you should be aware that a lot goes into planning a water birth in advance. Read on for all you need to know…
If you have decided that a water birth sounds like the right thing for you, read on for more information about what goes into planning for a water birth.
The first step is to discuss the option of giving birth in water with your doula or doctor, and decide whether you want to have a water birth in hospital or in the comfort of your own home.
Selected hospitals like NUH Singapore, Thomson Medical and Mount Alvernia do have birthing rooms with tubs and even inflatable birth pools you can use. However some expecting mummies prefer to birthing in the familiar surroundings of home.
Steps in planning a water birth
- Once you have established if you are having a waterbirth in a hospital or at home, you need to ensure that you have all the equipments needed. For waterbirths at home, you need to ensure that the floor of your house can actually support the width of what will be a decent size paddling pool. What is to become the birthing room should also be spacious enough to allow free movement for the midwife and all her equipment.
- The tub should be deep enough to sit comfortably with the water level reaching your armpits. Do a test run beforehand to find out how long it takes to fill up the pool with water and also to get everything set up for the birth. Make sure all the pool accessories like the pump, filters and heater is working properly. Also make sure that you can get in and out of the tub with ease.
- An often overlooked step in planning a water birth is experimenting with different labour positions. Try sitting, kneeling and lying down, and feel what is most comfortable to you.
- Decide on your obstetrician, a registered midwife and your doula. If you are giving birth outside the hospital, it is essential to have an experienced physician and registered midwife to deliver the baby and monitor you closely, just in case of complications. A doula is responsible for taking great care of the mummy.
Once you have everything planned and ready, don’t forget about a few essential items that will see you through your water birth.