Water Birth is when a pregnant woman gives birth to her child in a tub filled with warm water. There are other women who only stay in the tub only during labor, while there are other women who wants to stay in the tub even until delivery. The main reason why giving birth in a tub of hot water is becoming a popular option among mothers is that the baby has been in the amniotic sack for a long time and if the baby comes out in an environment the same with the sack, then it would be more comfortable for your baby. This type of birth is believed to reduce fetal complications and minimizes the stress during labor. If you are planning to have water birth, you must make sure that you have the supervision of a health care provider while undergoing this process.
There are a lot of benefits associated with water birth such as water is relaxing, comforting and soothing. Water may also increase the energy of the mother on the later parts of labor. If the body is submerged underwater, the weight is also lessen, making movement easier. This also promotes better blood circulation and uterus contractions, making oxygenation easier for the mother and the baby. This means there will be less pain for mothers in having water birth. This also lowers the blood pressure of the mother. The water may also give a sensation of privacy for the mother which lessens anxiety and fear. Being submerged in water also gives the baby the same environment as when he or she was stll in the amniotic sac. This also gives security and reassurance for the baby.
Water birth has been around for 30 years already and it is slowly becoming more and more popular. However, there have been not much research done on it to show the risks involved in this birth method. One of the research conducted in Europe shows that the main risks involved in water birth is when water enters the blood stream of the mother. If there is something wrong with the baby in the birth canal like if the umbilical cord is twisted, then the baby might be gasping for air, then it may inhale water. This is very rare though, because babies only inhale air when they are exposed to it. The umbilical cord may also snap when the baby is lifted out of the water. To prevent this, the proper lifting must be done.
The first thing you must do if you are considering water birth is consult with your health care provider. You health car provider may already have the equipment needed for water birth or maybe they can refer you to the best place and person who can help you with water birth. You can also have your water birth delivery in a hospital just make sure that their policies allows water birth. More and more hospitals now allow water birth. Contacting the local birth center near you would be the best thing to do.