What a splash: First-time mum hoping for a water birth
MUMS will be able to give birth in water at Gladstone Base Hospital in the new year.
The hospital announced yesterday it had agreed to change its policy after a 600-strong petition from Central Queensland women hit home.
The hospital will be the first in CQ to allow water births.
First-time mum-to-be Shari Brown will be cutting it fine with her due date at the end of this month.
But she still hopes hospital staff will be trained in time for the arrival of her baby.
The 25-year-old Gladstone woman had given up on the idea of a water birth after realising that if she did so she would be driving home for hours with a new born baby.
"I was devastated when I realised it wasn't an option here," Ms Brown said.
"I thought water birth would be a good way to go because its said to be really good for pain relief and more calm for the baby.
"But I didn't want travel to do it and be away from home and away from my family.
"I feel okay about a normal birth, but it sucked that it wasn't something I could rule out myself; that the option had been taken away from me."
Central Queensland Hospital and Health Chief Executive Len Richards said women in CQ had made it clear this was a service they wanted - and the board had listened.
Six months ago childbirth teacher Shari Lyon started a petition calling for all public hospitals from Bundaberg, Gladstone and Rockhampton to give women the option.
It got about 600 signatures.
In January Terri Pollock gave birth to her second child in the birthing pool, even though it was against hospital policy.
She laboured at home for hours until she was 8cm dilated and, once she was in the birthing pool, the delivery happened faster than anyone expected.
Ms Lyon, who has had a water birth, says women are much more relaxed in the pool.
"It just creates that relaxing atmosphere and really helps the mother because she's more comfortable and supported by the water," Ms Lyon said.
"It's so important that every mother has this option.
"It's still limited with just one pool, so it's really the luck of the draw if the room is available or not.
"But still, I am so excited we will have it here now."
Did you know?
About 75% of women who give birth at Gladstone's public hospital choose a natural birth over a c-section.
What you're saying on Facebook:
Arlena Preston This is fantastic! Let's hope it rolls out in more hospitals soon!
Bec McLennan now they offer it! lol
Andrew Riedel Yes!! I can't wait to have a water birthing of a child
Candice J Tams Wish they had this when my daughter was born! I birthed in the shower lol
Fiona Russell Well done gladstone hospital and midwives !!!
Lisa Bebendorf Awesome!! Congratulations Consumers & Gladstone Hospital midwives!! Truely a momentous step for Gladstone Hospital & women in Gladstone
Saroj Bala Saini Was much needed in Gladstone. Let's hope it will be soon
Jenna Kahler Woohoo!!!!! Well done to the midwives you guys are awesome!!!
Scott Barber Wow!!! Money that could have been spent on care facilities for our children or suffering cancer patients but no lets cater for a hippy water bath facility that gives zero medical advantage to anyone. More time helping people in need and less money on publicity is what the hospital needs.
Chelle Peters Would be great to see in the Mater as well!
Rosie Hughes Well done... long over due
Ashleigh Carney Danae Noy lets do this
Michael Kornbrekke Forget about spending money on required services.
Samuel McGrath Queensland really is a long way behind the rest of Australia