About Waterbirth

Being in water during labor and birth can be wonderfully soothing and can help you relax. Many studies have shown the known benefits of water therapy during labor and waterbirth. These benefits include:

  • Facilitates mobility and enables the mother to assume any position which is comfortable for labor and birth
  • Speeds up labor
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Gives mother more feelings of control
  • Provides significant pain relief
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Conserves her energy
  • Reduces the need for drugs and interventions
  • Gives mother a private protected space
  • Reduces perineal trauma and eliminates episiotomies
  • Reduces cesarean section rates
  • Is highly rated by mothers – typically stating they would consider giving birth in water again
  • Is highly rated by experienced providers
  • Encourages an easier birth for mother and a gentler welcome for baby

There is a waterbirth tub available for use at Elmer Hospital – talk to Karen about the possibility of using it for your birth.

For additional information regarding waterbirth visit http://www.waterbirth.org

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