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julietk From: julietk Date: November 4th, 2010 10:44 am (UTC) (Link)
God no, not wanting to rearrange everything &/or to maximise convenience IME = v sensible attitude to parenting. Plus, y'know, water birth etc etc is more (IME) for *your* benefit than for the kid's. I don't think the baby cares particularly if it emerges underwater or whatever; do whatever is going to make *you* as comfortable as possible throughout the experience. Any benefit to the baby is going to be about how you feel afterwards than anything else. Skin contact is one of the few things that does seem to be actively beneficial to the baby as well, & you can do that after basically any variety of birth (including C-section).

Stick with your own comfort levels. Storage definitely sounds like WAY TOO MUCH HASSLE. I'm not even pregnant and it gives me the horrors contemplating it!
j4 From: j4 Date: November 5th, 2010 12:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think the baby cares particularly if it emerges underwater or whatever

Hm, I have read things saying that it's more comforting for the baby because it doesn't go straight from "warm dark enclosed watery space" to "scary big cold dry brightness", it gets an intermediate stage where it's still in the water but has a bit more room & more brightness, & so can adjust gradually, that kind of thing. ... On the other hand, I suspect that most of the people I know now were not actually born underwater, & most of them don't seem noticeably scarred by the experience of being born.

But I fear that if it's all about how I feel then the baby is doomed to misery anyway. :-(
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