The Launceston General Hospital is celebrating its first water baby following the installation of two new baths in the birthing suite at the Queen Victoria Unit.
Rachel Grantham and husband Marcus christened the new facility, welcoming their third child and daughter Delilah on Tuesday night.
As a significant part of her birth plan, Mrs Grantham said she was grateful the baths had been commissioned in time for the birth of her daughter, having previously experienced both water and non-water births.
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Mrs Grantham said in all three of her pregnancies, she was diagnosed with gestational diabetes which resulted in complications in the birth of her first child Arielle.
"With my first daughter who is six, I was induced with her which meant that I had to have a medical intervention for her to come and for labour to start," she said
"I ended up needing to have my waters broken by the midwife and then synthetic drugs to help the labour continue to progress and then paid medication as well because it was quite intense."
After experiencing a 28-hour labour with Arielle, Mrs Grantham said she started researching an alternative birthing method for her second child.
"With my second child, which was Felix, I really learned a lot about the process of being assertive in what you are wanting in your medical care," she said.
"I learned that if my diabetes was well controlled, and my blood pressure was really well controlled, there was actually really no medical reason to induce me like had occurred with my first child."
Mrs Grantham said at only four hours long, her second birth was more successful and something she was keen to repeat with Delilah.
For Delilah, I wanted to have that again, and this time, fortunately, I had not a single piece of medical intervention, I was very happy about that," she said.
Mrs Grantham said she felt it was important for all women to have an open dialogue with their doctors and nurses when considering how they would like to give birth.
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"It's really important that women have that option available as well," she said.
"I've had a complete non-intervention birth, which is a very rare thing, but it's a very special thing as well."
The facilities new baths include a seat, inbuilt lights, which can be dimmed and insulation to maintain water temperature.
According to the LGH, midwives in the QV unit had been trained in the use of the new baths, including emergency evacuation procedures.
Birthing suite and post-natal ward nurse unit manager Jenny Pople said the baths were available for low-risk births and said families considering a water birth should discuss the option with their midwifery team.