Friday, February 8, 2008

Twins and Waterbirth

Here is the most amazing video of a waterbirth I have ever seen - and it is twins!

The only thing I would say is that I would be concerned about the amount of handling of the babies he is doing whilst they are under water. There is a risk that a baby will be stimulated into taking a breath whilst she is still submerged, so I like to keep my hands off the baby as much as possible until the head is clear of the water.

This is a video of a woman giving birth so may not be suitable for all viewers.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdN4xdvIhGg

4 comments:

kenanddot said...

Why do both the babies cry as soon as they are above water? Is that normal in your experience?

This is a point where my memory of our son's birth and Andrew's don't tally: I'm sure I remember Hugh crying as soon as his head was clear of my body, before I ever saw him, but Andrew says he didn't cry at all but just made little splutter noises.

Sarah Stewart said...

Crying is part of the whole process of taking a first breath. Its been my experience at waterbirths that this process is slightly delayed which sometimes is a tad worrying but could also been seen as evidence that the baby has had a gentler birth into the world.

Your little one could have been quieter because he was a little 'shell shocked'. You had a reasonably rapid birth and babies in that situation can be a little shocked and it takes them a moment or tow before they realize that they have 'arrived'. Obviously, I do not know that for sure - just a best guess.

Carolyn said...

what a shame! this video is no longer available.

Sarah Stewart said...

Works alright for me-must be a problem your end.