Water Birthing – Child Birth Delivery Method


Ruler's of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
Water Birthing may sound peculiar to many of us. But to know the fact one would be totally surprised that the world’s first water birth accounts back to 1805 in the country of France. The first lady who experienced water birthing was seemed to be exhausted to the core through her two day long labor. She delivered a healthy baby as soon as she was placed in a tub of warm water. This even kick started the water birthing technique drawing hundreds of women in to this innovative and relaxing birthing technique.

In today’s world, several hospitals in the US give their patients the option of water birthing. Basically, water birthing is ideal for people who consider that pregnancy and labor are extremely procedures in a women’s life. They don’t want any medical monitoring to go on around them personally. For such women water birthing at home is a boon. They don’t have to face new faces at hospitals, go through medical tests to show them they are going to deliver the baby etc. These women feel at home because they are comfortable with the surroundings. The non-liking of the surroundings of a hospital can lead to increase in the blood pressure level of the mother.

It is not necessary that you should have a pool of your own. You can rent it to be used at your home itself. Sometimes the hospitals would already have one to offer you. They are big enough to accommodate two people in it. The pools do have the facility of hot water in them. It is the hot water that brings about serenity and spell of relaxation and eases out the labor pain in the mother.

Almost any pregnant women can opt for water birthing provided she does not have a few complications. Water birthing is strictly a no – no for mothers if,

· The mother has any infections

· The expected baby is a breech one

· Multiple children are expected

· The expected baby is a premature one

Myths about water birthing
Many mothers are of the opinion that water birthing babies are more prone to get neonatal infections easily. But enough research is done to wipe out this myth. Most of the water birthing mothers did not require any pain killers throughout the process. The neonatal infection did not increase because of the water birthing technique for sure. Also a significant point that came up during the research was that the labor was much shorter than compared to land deliveries.

The Cons of water birthing
No procedures on earth can go on without its own disadvantages for sure. Water birthing also has its disadvantages too. When the baby is squeezed out in a normal land delivery, the pressure on the lungs helps in clearing the lung fluid. But when there is no pressure while the baby is pulled out, the baby experiences delayed lung fluid clearance.

Water birthing is without a doubt rising in popularity to one of the most popular alternatives to traditional practices of delivering a baby worldwide. Though it is a very old practice it lacks enough evidence that supports itself. The reason for the lack of evidence is that many researchers have backed up because it is concerned with the life of a baby and no one would like to experiment with a new born.


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