WATER BIRTH

 

    Water is wonderful for therapy for all kinds of                                                                            problems. The medical community has been using                                                                      water therapy for back injuries and other injuries as                                                                      a form of therapy for years. Some physical therapy                                                                      units have pools and hot tubs to be used for the                                                                           therapy process.

          Why not for birth? Many babies are now being                                                                    born into water. Water therapy is wonderful for a                                                                      hard labor or a long labor. It helps when you have 

back labor as well. If you are having a long labor,

perhaps the baby is slightly posterior and needs to turn. 

           Sometimes those contractions are so hard for mothers to deal with, and after they climb into the tub, they are able to relax.  This can help turn the baby once your are relaxed. Most mothers like water therapy. If you don’t want to deliver in the water, at least try laboring in the water. 

 

Why a Water birth?

~Facilitates mobility and enables the mother  to                                                                    assume any position which is comfortable  for                                                                    labor and pushing

~Often speeds up labor

~Can reduce blood pressure

~Gives mother more feelings of control

~Helps to provide significant pain relief

~Promotes relaxation

~Can conserve her energy

~Reduces the need for drugs and interventions

~Protects the mother from interventions by giving her a protected private space

~Helps to reduce perineal tearing

~Helps to Reduce cesarean section rates

                                         ~Is highly rated by mothers – typically stating they would                                                      consider giving birth in water again

                                         ~Is highly rated by midwives

                                         ~Encourages an easier birth for mother and a gentler                                                            welcome for baby

                                         ~Is easy for family to be involved.

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