A water birth can take place in a Hospital, Birthing center or at home, with the help of a doctor, midwife or nurse.
It is a natural often drug free way to give birth and the warm water acts like a natural pain relief.
A water birth is simply a birth that is performed in water. A woman can choose to labor in the water and then get out for the birth or she can labor and give birth in the water.
Typically the water is at a temperature of 97 degrees Fahrenheit no hotter. Hot water will dehydrate and cause you to over heat fast. This could result in complications during birth.
It is not recommended to get in to the water until you are 5-6m dilated. Getting in sooner can slow down or even stop labor.
There are so many reasons why a water birth is the perfect choose for you and your baby.
A water birth is not ideal if any of the below apply to you. In most cases your medical adviser will have already told you should a water birth not be right for you.
Whilst a water birth sounds like the ideal way to give birth, it will not suit everyone. For some they will simply not have the choice due to illness or complications.
Like all births there are always some element of risk involved. It is important to access your risks carefully to determine if you are a good candidate for a water birth and always consult with your health care provider first.
Prepare for a water birth in just the same way you would a normal birth.
Write a birth plan and pack your hospital bags.
Time the trip should you be traveling to a birthing center or hospital and make all participants aware of their roles for the day.
I had a water birth with my first child 12 years ago. I have since had a second child and that birth was much more complicated hence a water birth was not recommended.
The first birth was a lovely spiritual experience. I needed no drugs and the birth was relatively fast for a first child.
The warm water soothed my body and I felt little external pressures on my pelvic floor due to the buoyancy of the water.
I loved my water birth and would recommend it to anyone who is an ideal candidate.