Birth in a Cow Trough

Rachel wanted to have a water-birth, so she converted a cow trough into a comfy birthing tub. I don’t know how much a cow trough costs, but my midwife rented a labor pool for $250.

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  1. And that would be a headline I’ve never, ever read before.

    I don’t imagine I ever will again. Thanks for the once in a lifetime moment. ;)

  2. I’ve never seen a metal one used- but I’ve seen the Rubbermaid ones. They actually make great birth pools!

  3. Kathy,
    Years ago I had a friend that used a horse trough, don’t know if they are the same size. I will have to email her this.

    Dorene

  4. My midwife uses horse troughs routinely. She has two and lends them out to clients as needed.

    There’s a routine for sterilizing it, then you put in some pillows, cover it in plastic, then a white sheet (so she can see more easily as you are giving birth) then plastic again, then fill it with water. Very slick.

    However, I have to say I hadn’t yet thought of shocking people by telling them that my last baby was born in a horse trough!! I’ll have to keep that in mind!

  5. I remember reading a book (I think by Aviva Jill Romm) in which she bought a water trough for a water-birth. Although details are a little fuzzy (hey, it’s been about 5 years since I’ve read it!), it seems like she had at least one “land” birth; then had a water birth with a traditional labor tub either at home or in the hospital; then something changed — she moved or something — and didn’t have the same options, but knew she had to have a water birth, so got a water trough for it. It sounds different, though, to say “birth in a cow trough” rather than “birth in a water trough.”

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