If you live in the local area you will know that if you're baby is on it's way - Rockingham Hospital is the closest hospital to go to. What Are Your Odds Of Having A WaterBirth In Rockingham Hospital?
If you are a local you will have heard the rumours (yep they are true) that there is only one birth pool there (to be shared amongst the 5 labour and delivery rooms).
So to begin with you have a 20% chance of getting a waterbirth (unless they are too busy and women are labouring in other rooms - in which case your odds just dropped further). One pool... 10 women in labour (10% chance of accessing the birth pool).
Who Is Supporting You When It's Time To Push?
If you are labouring in the birth pool (because you were lucky enough to get in there), you will have a beautiful midwife with you the whole time.
However, when the time comes to push if you are in that pool in Rockingham Hospital you must:
- Hold that baby in (hah like we really have a choice)
- Climb out (have you ever tried to move with your legs spread and a watermelon inserted in your vagina)
- and push that baby out safely on land.
Those of us who are in the industry know that this is the point where women who are strong and knowledgeable and supported refuse to leave the birth pool (unless they choose to).
Who Is Supporting The Midwife?
It's far to easy to blame the midwife but we know that the hospital policy does not support her.
I have heard of midwives turning a blind eye to these women who refuse to leave the birth pool when pushing.
I have also been witness to a birth where the midwife told the woman that she would lose her job if the pushing woman didn't get out to have her baby (which may be true who knows?)..
Sadly the Hospital Policy does not support midwives to allow waterbirth.
Is This A Battle You Really Want To Fight In Labour?
My point is this is not the battlefield... when you are ready to push your baby out is no time to be having a debate about the pro's and con's of waterbirth (as opposed to immersion during labour).
Research shows that having this kind of discussion at that point in labour is counterproductive and can result in a drop in hormone levels needed to birth (due to an increase in fear hormones) and increased length of pushing stage (it's simple fight or flight stuff).
What Is The Solution?
The solution is a change in policy to allow women to BIRTH their babies in the water at Rockingham Hospital (and any other state hospital where there is a birthing pool). You can help!!!!
Please take the time to sign our petition to the Minister to get change underway now and increase the odds of having a waterbirth at Rockingham Hospital!
So, if you don't want to sit there wondering if you could have done things differently, if you want to learn what ALL your options are, and how to take charge of your birth, let's talk.
Contact me to set up a complimentary Better Birth Chat for those women who are ready to get the birth they really want.