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The Benefits of Waterbirth and Waterlabour
December 22, 2007, 7:00 pm
Filed under: waterbirth

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What are the benefits of waterbirth and waterlabour?

Soak in a tub of water to ease labour

…and baby’s being born into an environment that is suited to her innocence and newness

Water birth has many advantages:

  • Provides a kind, gentle and loving entrance into this world for the baby
  • The women achieve achieve much comfort in the water
  • Reduces fear and anxiety
  • The body relaxes
  • Provides significant pain relief
  • Floating in a pool the woman can move unencumbered
  • Labour becomes easier
  • Speeds up the labour
  • The woman can focus better inwardly on giving birth
  • Water imparts elasticity to the tissues of the perenium which reduces tearing
  • Eliminates episiotomies
  • No need for ‘pain-reducing’ drugs
  • Reduces the rate of cesarean sections
    ease of the mother tranferred to the child (intricately linked)
  • Makes the experience of birthing a positive one
  • Water mitigates the sensory overload and shock experienced by the newbornand more benefits are:
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Gives mother more feelings of control
  • Conserves her energy
  • Gives mother a private protected space
  • Is highly rated by mothers – women who have given birth in water would do it again
  • Is highly rated by experienced providers
  • A gentler welcome for babies
  • Mother or father can more readily catch her baby
  • Bacteria is dissipated in water reducing infection to mother and baby
  • Cleaning up is easier
  • Moist air assist better breathing for mother specifically if asthmatic
  • Conservation of maternal energy
  • Less problems with breastfeeding after birth
  • Less trauma to mother means less trauma to baby
  • Babies brought into a world with less violence have a greater potential to integrate into the world with less violence

Photo by Barbara Backyard

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