A tub of warm water is an amazing tool during labor and birth, whether the baby is actually delivered in the water or not. At our Birth Center nearly all women will give birth in the tub, while others will enjoy the benefits of laboring in the tub before exiting for delivery. Either way, the water’s buoyancy provides pain relief for the mother and many other benefits.
How Water Birth Works
The baby has been in the mother’s amniotic fluid for up to nine months. Being brought into the world in warm water provides a slower and less stressful transition for the newborn. This is evidenced by the fact that many babies exposed to water first do not cry when brought out of the water into the air. There is no danger of suffocation because the infant does not breath in the water. Its lungs are filled with fluid that gets absorbed once exposed to air.
It’s actually an amazing experience for everyone involved to see the baby’s head come out into the water. The transition is so gentle, so instinctual, that the baby does not yet know that it is born. This slow transition is very beneficial not only for the infant, but for the woman, her partner and the team attending the birth.
Our Birth Center has the deepest tub available, able to accommodate two adults in total submersion. The health of the mother and baby are monitored in the same way as a non-water birth, with auditory and ultrasound monitors submerged in the tub.
Benefits of Water Birth
There are many benefits of laboring in water and water birth according to peer-reviewed studies. The National Institutes of Health published its findings on water birth, concluding, “Women increasingly are seeking settings for birth that honor their ability to give birth without intervention. Water birth increases their chances of attaining the goal of a natural birth without intervention.”
· Lower pain scores than non-water birth
· Less use of pain medication
· Shorter labor times
· Higher rate of vaginal birth
· Relief of stress and anxiety
· The water’s buoyancy lessens the mother’s bodyweight, allowing freedom of movement and different body positioning
· Lower blood pressure for the mother
· Buoyancy promotes improved blood circulation, resulting in more efficient contractions and more oxygen for the baby
· Warm water can make the perineum more elastic, reducing the severity of tears
· Less use of episiotomy
· Eases the stress of transition for the newborn
Water birth is suitable in most, but not all, instances. Water birth should only be carried under the supervision of a qualified healthcare provider.
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Ask us about our Birth Package, which includes prenatal care, labor care, postpartum care, and state-of-the-art birthing rooms with a water birth tub.
The Monterey Birth & Wellness Center is one of only 18 accredited birth centers in California, and the only one in central California. Accreditation is a mark of quality and expertise achieved by relatively few freestanding birth centers in the U.S.A. Learn more about the standards for accreditation at the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers website.
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