Is Water Birth Right for Me?
Water birth is becoming increasingly popular amongst women looking for an alternative to traditional hospital deliveries. If you’re a mom-to-be who’s wondering whether you should opt for a water birth or not, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, we’ve included all the information you need about water birth to make an informed decision.
What is Water Birth?
As the term suggests, water birth involves spending all (or at least a part of) your labor and delivery in a tub filled with warm water.
The idea might seem bizarre, but when you think about the fact that your baby spends nine months comfortably in the womb’s wet and warm amniotic fluid, water birth is a more gradual way for them to enter this world.
Usually, moms who desire natural childbirth – one that doesn’t involve medication or epidurals – opt for a water birth because it offers a gentle and more comfortable experience. Plenty of experienced mothers and practitioners vouch for the potential benefits of this birthing method, and it’s also accepted amongst midwives.
Benefits of Water Birth
Water birth is a birthing option that is continuously growing in demand due to it’s amazing benefits, such as:
- Significant pain relief due to the buoyancy of water
- A more relaxed environment
- Decreases adrenaline production
- Promotes greater blood supply to the uterus
- Reduces perineal trauma
Perhaps the most significant advantage of water birth is that it provides a more natural and gentle way for your baby to enter the world.
Should You Opt for Water Birth?
An uncomplicated pregnancy is required for water birth. This means that the following conditions must be met:
- Low blood pressure
- Over 37 weeks gestation
- Baby is in a head-down position
Water birth isn’t recommended for high-risk pregnancies. This is because such pregnancies can require continuous fetal monitoring or immediate intervention, which can be challenging to accomplish in water. Water birth is a personal choice, one that requires proper thought and research. It’s best to speak to your healthcare provider to fully understand the risks and reality of water birth before making a final decision.
Where Can You Have A Water Birth?
Our birthing center is equipped with the following:
- Special waterproof dopplers to monitor the baby during labor and birth
- Deep birth tubs that are specifically designed for water immersion
- Experienced midwives that are familiar with safe water birth practices
To learn more about water birth and see if it’s a great option for you, send us a message!