Water Birth: From Legend to Modern

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Over the years, as water birthing has popularized in practice, studies, though still very few, have publicized some interesting findings, and it is obvious that opinions are divided. Those who criticize water birth are predominantly concerned about the safety of the infant, and question the lack of research on the practice. Those who advocate water birth have assurance in a more calming, natural birthing method. As many will agree, with so little research on either side, it is difficult to say one is better than another. So if you are weighing your options between a water birth and a traditional birth on land, it is up to you to analyze the benefits and risks of both birthing methods.

You might want to read EverydayFamily’s article on water birth, as it touches on important information about the benefits and process of water birth; it has come a long way since the deliveries in the sea. And RN Phylana Stowers addresses the different aspects of home and hospital deliveries in her article “Home Birth vs. Hospital Birth.” With medically equipped birthing centers and midwives all over the country, it is clear that water birth has made its way from legends to the modern days, and has definitely made a contemporary mark in birthing history.

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Water Birth: From Legend to Modern

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  1. angel says:

    I would love to do a water birth . Something I have always thought about it. Sounds relaxing and different .

  2. LIZ says:

    i wish i did this sounds very relaxing

  3. Stacy says:

    I had done the water birth when I delivered my daughter. It was very relaxing which made it very easy to deliver without pain meds. I would recommend this method for anyone who wants to have a natural birth and would like something to help them relax. I will definitely be using this method again for any future children my husband and I have.

  4. Sandra says:

    Having a water baby sounds interesting, but I myself wouldn’t have one do to the fact that when I am in labor water does not help me with my pain. But it sounds like a good options for mothers who would like to enjoy a new experience in giving birth.

  5. I would do a water birth if they offered it here where i live

  6. summer says:

    I am just beginning research on this but would like to know if this is an option for delivering twins. I like my midwife much more than I do the bedside manner of ANY of the doctors I’ve met that are in the same office as my midwife.

  7. Dottie says:

    I would love to do this but my fiance is too afraid to let me try it. He is very worried.

  8. Nina says:

    i AM THINING ON THIS FOR BABY #2

  9. Kat says:

    I wish my hospital did water births.. living on a small army post an 2 hour drive to a hospital isn’t an option sadly

  10. Phammom says:

    Considering one for our second child. If the room I’m in happens to have a tub instead of a shower I may just do it this time.

  11. Layne says:

    I’m hoping to have a water birth.

  12. Bree says:

    i would love to have a water birth…

  13. Dario says:

    As a guy I say hospital room..

  14. This is definately not an option for me but it good that it is an option for those that want to do it.

  15. Grace says:

    i would love a water birth but have yet to ever find a hospital that caters to it. i have given birth in 3 different states/3 different hospitals NONE had water birth as an option and ALL did not have ANY place nearby/any centers where you could do waterbirth.

    • Kristin says:

      That’s very odd, the hospital where I had my first child said they accomadate waterbirth. Amongst my recent hospital searching I have found a couple others that do. For 3 different states to not have that option for a mother is crazy!

  16. Hope says:

    I had a water birth with my daughter (first child) and it was wonderful! I had a homebirth assisted by a midwife, with no drugs at all, and gave birth in the water. Some places like hospitals only let you sit in a tub during the beginning of labor. I was in labor technically for 2 1//2 hours with 20 minutes of pushing. I had no tears (I did perineum stretches also) and my fiance (baby’s father) caught her!

  17. verochka31 says:

    mine labors are c-sections, but know women who had water labor and loved it!!

  18. PrettyBoogs says:

    I would like to know more about what women have to say about this that have had it done. How nice would it be for a Question and Answer segment sometime on different topic??

  19. Ada says:

    Anyone had water birth before? Please how was it?

  20. 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.

  21. Melody says:

    I’d love to try it for my next one!

  22. Amanda Beall says:

    I am excited to have my first child using water birth! <3

  23. 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.

  24. PrettyBoogs says:

    Water birth is something I am considering in this pregnancy.

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