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.

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. Avatar of Shana Shana says:

    It’s my first baby and I’ve never met anyone who’s done a water birth. All the women I know punk out and go to the hospital, by the end of their pregnancy they are ready to “Get it over with.”. I want to be well and I’m considering a water birth. I’m not that crazy about hospitals, at all.

  2. Avatar of Mandi Mandi says:

    My husband & I have chosen a birthing center with a midwife & we will be having a water birth. I figure taking a bath helps to relieve cramps & sore muscles so why not child birth? I also adore the fact that I can be mobile & change positions! This is our first little one so we pray all goes well.

  3. Avatar of Michelle Michelle says:

    I am expecting my first child in October and I can’t wait to be a parent. From the start I have been wanting to get a water birth, which is far from what my parents and spouse would have me go through…. They want me to have a hospital birth and its something that is making me very unhappy. I have ddreamed of having my baby at home since we first suspected I was pregnant.

  4. Avatar of KEIYONDA KEIYONDA says:

    IM LOOKING INTO THIS OPTION AT MY HOSPITAL.

  5. Avatar of Momof3 Momof3 says:

    Plus the water is supposed to help with the ring of fire and I would like to feel less of that as possible. Lol

  6. Avatar of Momof3 Momof3 says:

    I am a little afraid of tearing and how I will be able to manage the surges, so I will be getting the pool as soon as possible. Already ordered by pool, Im so ready:)

  7. Avatar of Layne Layne says:

    I’m planning on doing at least laboring in the tub. I’ve heard so many great things from friends that I hope I can have the same success!

  8. Avatar of Heatherly Heatherly says:

    A full water birth would be actually giving birth in the water. If the hospital didn’t approve, or if the mother wants to, she can labor only in the water, then get out of the water and deliver on the bed…which would be called "half" a water birth.

  9. Avatar of Heatherly Heatherly says:

    I thought people who did this were way out there….kind of kooky. But this will be my 4th water birth, Lord willing, and that’s my first choice of birthing…the continued warmth of the water eased my back pains and I’ve never had the need for an episiotomy. Dive in! :)

  10. I think that this method sounds really cool but I can not stand the thought that I’ll be in dirty water.

  11. Avatar of ceasia00 ceasia00 says:

    what’s hypnobirthing all about?

  12. Avatar of ceasia00 ceasia00 says:

    so what caused you to have half of a water birth since you stated you couldn’t have a full water birth?

  13. Avatar of MommyMarcoux MommyMarcoux says:

    I really wish my hospital supported water births. I labored in the shower/ bath for each of my kids, but I couldn’t have a full water birth.

  14. Avatar of verochka31 verochka31 says:

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

  15. Avatar of Stephanie Stephanie says:

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

  16. Avatar 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Avatar 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.

  19. Avatar 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.)

  20. Avatar of Macy Macy says:

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

  21. Avatar 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

  22. Avatar 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.

  23. i didn’t know about this …

  24. Avatar of Jeanetta Jeanetta says:

    They don’t do water births here.

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