First water baby for Lismore Base
TWELVE-DAY-OLD Chiana Taylor-Fox is blissfully unaware that she is a trendsetter for a new generation of water babies to be born at Lismore Base Hospital.
The healthy bub was born wide-eyed into water after a no fuss five-hour labour and two pushes.
First-time mother Sasha Fox never intended to deliver in water, but said ‘there was no way anyone was getting me out of there when the pushing started’.
While Ms Fox had to sign a note to Lismore Base Hospital stating that she intended to use her hired birth pool only for pain relief – not to birth into – Lismore Base Hospital is making inroads to officially approve water births.
Ms Fox’s midwife, Louise Wilkins, who has helped deliver dozens of intentional and non-intentional water babies,recently trained Base Hospital midwifes in the art of safe water birthing – the hospital’s first stepin officially permitting the alternative birthing method.
“It was a peaceful birth for her and for me and I think the birth pool really helped with the labour,” Ms Fox said.
“Before I was pregnant I never thought I would have a water birth, but the more I read about it and researched it, the more it made sense.”
It was only sheer luck that little Chiana was born into the 160 by 140 centimetre oval inflatable birth pool supplied by Birth Afloat.
“The pool was due to arrive the day after she was born, but by chance the pool came a day early,” proud dad Adam Taylor said.