Imagine giving birth to your baby in a warm tub of water. This process, called water birth, is believed to reduce stress during labor and childbirth, since the baby who has grown in the mother's uterus for about nine months, surrounded by amniotic fluid, will be experiencing a transition to a somewhat similar environment. This is why some women, together with their obstetricians or midwives, opt to undergo labor and deliver their babies in water – to reduce stress and complications of childbirth.
What Is Water Birth?
During water birth, a mother gives birth to her baby in a tub or pool, which may be located in a hospital, a birthing center, or even at home. A woman may undergo labor in the ...view middle of the document...
However, this is not life-threatening, especially if you a trained midwife or nurse is attending to the delivery.
Many women who have undergone water birth give a positive response to their experience especially when pushing, where it is noted to be very helpful.
If you want to see how a home water birth is carried on, you can watch the video below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEE1t-26Z3Q#aid=P9d31EPWAEo
What Are the Benefits of Water Birth?
The potential benefits of water birth for the mother include:
The soothing and relaxing effects of warm water
The increase in energy provided by water during the late stage of labor
Buoyancy reduces the mother’s weight and allows free movement and easy positioning.
Buoyancy promotes efficient contractions of the uterus and improves blood circulation and oxygenation of the uterus; this results in less pain for you and increased oxygen for your baby.
Water immersion helps lower blood pressure, which may increase due to anxiety.
Reduction of stress hormones and increased production of endorphins, which inhibit pain.
Water relaxes the perineum, which becomes more elastic and reduces tearing and need for stitches.
Physical as well as mental relaxation helps you focus more on the birth process.
Being under water provides some sense of privacy, which reduces inhibitions and anxiety.
The potential benefits of water birth for the baby:
Water provides a similar environment as an amniotic sac with fluid.
Stress of childbirth is reduced, which increases reassurance and security.
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What Are the Risks of Water Birth?
There are few studies on water births, but so far available data show that there have been few cases where babies were seriously harmed. Some studies have shown that water births may be safer than bed births.
Some of the risks involve:
Brain injury can occur due to lack of oxygenation underwater.
Swallowing water can cause electrolyte problems in the baby.
Contaminated water can cause serious...