I'd love a water birth, my hospital only has one, which I was surprised about so I'm prepared for it not to be free...although the midwifes say its not that popular, which again surprised me!x
I wanted a water birth, was in the same situation as you. Unfortunately the pool wasn’t free on the consultant side but I ended up getting an epidural so couldn’t use the pool anyway. I was a little upset at the beginning as I’d had my heart set on a water birth but I found I actually didn’t mind in the moment, I just wanted him here! Definitely plan for all eventualities, so you don’t end up stressed and overwhelmed if you can’t have your water birth. Good luck! X
I wanted a birth pool but unfortunately due to complications I had to have a episiotomy and forceps birth, try not to set your heart on one birth plan 💕💕
I recently had a water birth 2 weeks ago and I was surprised the hospital I was at, they only have 2 and both were free! In fact the birthing unit was empty when I arrived everyone was in the labour suite! I went in with the mindset that I wanted the birthing pool, but fully accepting that they would probably both be occupied when I needed one so I didn’t get my hopes up. You’d be surprised the amount of people who have complications, want stronger pain relief therefore aren’t accepted onto the birthing unit. Not gonna lie for a split second I was going to say no take me to the labour suite I need an epidural but I persevered through the pain and at least tried the pool first, and I’m so glad I did! It helped 100% and was such a nice experience. What will happen will happen, but if you get the chance go for it! And if it doesn’t you’ll still have a gorgeous baby at the end of it!
Don’t have it all set on your perfect plan as it is unlikely to go exactly as you imagine. I planned a water birth but I didn’t even make it up to labour & delivery I nearly had my little girl in the hospital corridor luckily some staff from A&E came and helped me. Have you looked into hypnobirthing or may help you with your worries xxx