Waterbirth

waterbirth-newWaterbirth is considered a gentle birth technique. If you choose this method, you will give birth in a specially designed tub or pool of warm water. It is considered a gentle birth technique because your baby will be gently introduced to the world by being born in warm water. The baby is most familiar with warm fluid so the infant does not experience fear or pain when coming into contact with it. The water benefits the mother as well. Her weight is supported by the water; the comfort of the bath relaxes tensions and eases labor pains; additionally, she has the freedom to change positions and become more comfortable. Partners can also be in the tub, holding and massaging the mother as she goes through labor and delivery. After the baby has descended through the birth canal and into the warm water, some women even choose to deliver the infants themselves, with attendants nearby if needed of course!

Once the cool air touches the baby’s skin and umbilical cord, the physiological system is signaled and the baby will then begin using his or her lungs. The child will not inhale water because the child’s instinct to breathe air is only activated when they come into contact with air.

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Some studies on waterbirth have shown that laboring in water, under midwifery care, may be an option for slow progress in labor, reducing the need for obstetric intervention and offering an alternative pain management strategy. Specifically, in the study “Effects of Intrapartum Hydrotherapy on Labor Related Parameters” showed that nulliparas (first-time mothers) who used a birthing pool had significantly reduced operative delivery rates, a shorter second stage of labor, reduced analgesic requirements, and a lower incidence of perineal trauma. In multiparas (repeat birthers) there were significant reductions in the analgesic requirements.

If you think this option is right for you and your family, you should start speaking with midwives in your area that are familiar with waterbirthing as soon as possible.

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  1. Profile photo of verochka31 verochka31 says:

    sounds good, but unfortunately my birth is a scheduled c-section

  2. Profile photo of Stephanie Stephanie says:

    Water birth sounds good hope the hospital where I go does it

  3. Profile photo of Jeanetta Jeanetta says:

    I wanted to have a water birth, but none of the hospital’s here do that… The hospital I had my baby at does have a labor tub, but I was induced so I missed out on that too.

  4. My midwife didn’t seem like she was on board with water birth. I think it’s an interesting idea, though. I also think hypnobirthing is interesting.

  5. Profile photo of ErinF ErinF says:

    I’ve read that birthing in the water can help reduce pain and tearing, and even in the weeks before labor, the counter-pressure of being immersed in water can help reduce swelling and facilitate optimal positioning of the fetus. My midwife can rent portable waterbirth tubs on request a couple of weeks before the expected due date, so I’m hoping to have one available at my home birth.

  6. Profile photo of Shelby Shelby says:

    They don’t do water births here, despite having a baby-friendly policy. I wish they did. But they let you soak in a special bath tub there to help with labor pains if your not having an epidural. But not give birth in it. I kind of wanna change my mind and do the birth at home, but my due date is to close to be making sudden changes in the plan like that (January 3rd.)

  7. Profile photo of Macy Macy says:

    Really thinking about water birth..have to see what my doc thinks about this and if they offer it here!

  8. Profile photo of emi285 emi285 says:

    They do not offer water births here….I wish they did though, always thought it would be a nicer way to do it

  9. Profile photo of sej518 sej518 says:

    I think I am going to try for a water birth. The hospital I am going to has the large tubs in the suites; I just have to make sure I have one of their certified waterbirth midwives available.

  10. i didn’t know about this …

  11. Profile photo of Jeanetta Jeanetta says:

    They don’t do water births here.

  12. Profile photo of marylove marylove says:

    I just found out yesterday that I will be able to have a water birth with a midwife! I am soooo excited for this! I really wanted to do this with my first 2 but the hospital didn’t offer a pool/tub. They just remodeled and put one in! I can’t wait to try it! I love water and baths to begin with!

  13. Profile photo of Hope Hope says:

    I plan on having a water birth. It’s much safer for the baby and it can relieve the pain of childbirth.

  14. Profile photo of Julie Julie says:

    I would never have wanted to do this before I became pregnant, but now I think I would give it try if given the opportunity.

  15. Profile photo of Melissa Melissa says:

    I would love to have my son using this technique but i dont have an option of doing it where i live.

  16. Profile photo of Sasoo Sasoo says:

    I am still on the fence about it but won’t rule it out!

  17. Profile photo of Rosie2day Rosie2day says:

    Hi, ladies. I have not got to labor in water yet. but am trying once again with this one. With my last baby we got to get in the water right after she was born because it was already filled. OH what a wonderful sight that was, she opened her hands and eyes and just looked around. This labor will be the third I have tried to labor in water, the first two were just too fast to make it to the center in time. I am staying home this time, so maybe I can this time.

  18. Profile photo of SammysMOMMY SammysMOMMY says:

    I have to have a c section otherwise i would do the water birth!

  19. Profile photo of McKenzie McKenzie says:

    Very interesting!

  20. Profile photo of Sharee Sharee says:

    I want to try this birthing method. I will def. ask if they don’t offer it. The hospital did not inform me of how this method works before with my first baby. But i want the experience now that i do know

  21. Profile photo of Iva Iva says:

    good luck and do not loose your hope yet. All can change to bettr

  22. Profile photo of SammysMOMMY SammysMOMMY says:

    Good questions. I’m curious too!

  23. Profile photo of SammysMOMMY SammysMOMMY says:

    I dont think this is a posibility for me since I was told our baby will most likely be breech.

  24. Profile photo of Grace Grace says:

    i so would love to have a water birth, but have yet to find anyplace that i could do it at….

  25. Sounds nice, has anyone done this? Would you do it again?

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