Isla Rae Catching up on One Born Every Minute 11th April 2012 Ive been catching up with One Born Every Minute and just watched the episode where Myleen Klass opens the birthing pool unit at the Leeds hospital, I am lucky to live near a hospital that also has birthing pools in a midwife led unit. With Noah I really wanted to use a birthing pool, a bath was so relaxing to me and I still have one every single night with this pregnancy too; but when I started having contractions with Noah and they told me to get in the bath it felt really wrong and uncomfortable. I can only guess that it was because of the position that I sat in when I got into the bath, it felt un-natural and uncomfortable. As soon as I sat down, I said to hubby “I want to get out, get me out” and I was out of the bath in what felt like minutes! Doesn’t really bode well for wanting a water birth now does it? When I got to hospital, I was told the midwife led unit was not available because there was not enough staff, so I didn’t get the chance to use a birthing pool and experience if the water would be a natural pain reliever for me, as it had been throughout pregnancy and whether or not the birthing pool would have felt different to a bath or not. This time around I haven’t really thought about my birthing plan, until now! Yes 3 and a half weeks before baby is due for arrival, I haven’t been as prepared this time around, as you can imagine. I still want to give the birthing pool a go, but after Noah’s birthing complications I am not sure if they will let me use the pool. As of this Saturday coming, we will be 37 weeks, so if I remember rightly I will be able to use the birthing pool as of then – but will it make me feel uncomfortable like the bath did? Water, especially hot water, has been such a relief to me throughout this pregnancy and even more so 2nd time around because of the SPD, pain in my pelvis. I think I will speak to hubby about our birthing plan and get something at least a little planned, ready for the new arrival.