Water Birth

Support in water is one of the most beneficial things that can be offered to a woman in labor.  The water provides a calming influence and a peaceful relaxed atmosphere. The theory behind water birth is that the baby has been in the amniotic sac for 9 months and birthing into a similar environment is gentler for the baby and less stressful for the mother. Some women choose to labor in the water and get out for delivery. Other women decide to stay in the water for the delivery as well. Some of the benefits of waterbirth are:

  • Water has a relaxing effect on both mother and baby
  • Mothers experience less pain when they labor in water and therefore have less need for pain relief
  • Water can help facilitate the woman's body to achieve more comfortable positions
  • Speeds up labor
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Gives mother more feelings of control
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Conserves her energy
  • Gives mother a private protected space
  • Reduces perineal trauma and eliminates episiotomies
  • Encourages an easier birth for mother and a gentler welcome for baby

 

 

 

 

 

 

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