Water Birth - A labouring method that is creating a lot of stir around the globe since a lot of mothers are now opting it as their birthing methods. We cannot say for sure how old or new this concept is but it certainly has some advantages and benefits that you would not want to miss out on. Today, I am going to talk about Water-Birth to give you a better picture of what and how it works.
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So what really is Water-Birth?
Water-birth means at least some part of your labour, delivery, or both happen while you’re in a birth pool filled with warm water. It can take place in a hospital, a birthing centre, or at home. A doctor, nurse-midwife, or midwife helps you go through it.
The use of a birthing pool during the first stage of labour might:
- Help ease pain
- Keep you from needing anaesthesia
- Speed up your labour
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), which sets guidelines for pregnancy and childbirth care in the U.S., says a water birth during the first stage of labour may have some benefits but delivering your baby underwater should be considered an experimental procedure with risks. The first stage is from when contractions start until your cervix is fully dilated.
A warm bath might help you relax and help you feel more in control. Floating in water helps you move around more easily than in bed, too.
Some science suggests that the water may lower chances of severe vaginal tearing. And it may improve blood flow to the uterus.
Stage Two of Labor: You probably should exit out of the tube
It’s given that things change during the second part of labour. That’s when your cervix is completely dilated and open and you keep pushing until the baby is born. Many doctors say there isn’t enough information to decide how safe or useful water birth is during this period. Being out of the water for the second part of your labour makes it easier to move fast in case something goes wrong.
Water Birth Risks
Here is a list of some rare problems that could happen while water-birthing:
- You or your baby could get an infection.
- The umbilical cord could snap before your baby comes out of the water.
- Your baby’s body temperature could be too high or too low.
- Your baby could breathe in bathwater.
- Your baby could have seizures or not be able to breathe.
Even though all of these risks are rare and I know how much people emphasise on the “rare” part, however, I would still recommend you all to consider these if you ever plan to follow this trend of Water-Birthing.
Please make sure that you are a good candidate for Water-Birth
Different women have different complications and according to that, they decide on which process to follow for labour. If you have these complications and DO NOT go for Water-Birth.
- You’re younger than 17 or older than 35.
- You have complications like preeclampsia or diabetes.
- You’re having twins or multiples.
- The baby is in a breech position.
- The baby is premature.
- You’re having a really big baby.
- You need to be constantly monitored and it can’t be done in the tub.
- You have an infection.
Lastly, Here are the precaution you must take for Water-Birth
Going into labour is something that woman thinks of since she starts to plan a baby and if you are planning to go for water-birth then I urge you to consult with your doc right in the beginning of your pregnancy.
Regardless of where you decide to deliver, having a water birth means you should ask questions about how labour and delivery are done. Things to look for:
- You have an experienced, licensed health care professional with doctor backup to help you through the labour and delivery.
- High standards are kept to ensure the tub is clean and well-maintained.
- Proper infection control measures are in place.
- You and your baby are being properly monitored while in the tub as required.
- There’s a plan to get you out of the tub as soon your doctor, nurse or midwife says it’s time.
- The water temperature is well-regulated, usually between 97 to 100 F.
- You drink water during birth to avoid dehydration.
- Getting into a warm bath too early might slow your labour.
So, my beautiful and brave ladies, here I have imparted you my guide of Water-Birth. It seems difficult but at the same time, I love the idea of delivering a baby into the pool since I like the idea of water. Nonetheless, on a serious note, if you have any doubts and queries related to this method, then do mention them in the comment section below. I would make sure to answer them all.