Waterbirth


“Water birth” is the use of a heated bath, or pool by a laboring woman during labor or birth. Soaking or floating in a pool of warm water seems to help the body relax more easily because water creates a sense of weightlessness. The muscles don't have to work so hard to support a laboring woman and there is no pressure on the body to cause local discomfort.

Some researchers feel that being in water improves blood flow to all parts of the body, especially the uterus. They have observed that a laboring woman's blood pressure may be lower if she soaks in a tub of warm water. They also feel that improved blood flow may protect the baby against fetal stress.

Some women prefer to stay in water at the time of birth, and deliver their baby in the tub or pool. Others stay in water only part of the time during the labor and choose to birth their babies in the bed. Most women who have used warm water baths for labor or birth report very positive feelings about it. They report less pain, a greater sense of relaxation, and a greater sense of control.


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©Aliki Sapountzi Photography www.aliki.co.uk

©Aliki Sapountzi Photography www.aliki.co.uk


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Waterbirth circa 1987
The Leboyer Bath