Fewer Tears – Warm water softens and supports perineal tissue.
Increased Relaxation – Warm water releases tension hormones and promotes relaxation.
Increased Mobility For Mom – Water immersion provides buoyancy and ease of movement.
More Positive Birth Experience for Mom and Baby – A gentle birth option that leads to a more peaceful, connected experience.
Decreased Interventions Like Epidural Anesthesia – Warm water therapy reduces pain, improves the quality of contractions and facilitates a quicker delivery reducing the need for medical intervention.
The question should be: Why would you not have a waterbirth?
The most important aspect of warm water therapy for labor and birth is not all the facts, explanations, statistics or testimonials — it is what is see over and over again. The AHHH!!!!!!! when the woman steps into the warm pool.
Warm water therapy during pregnancy, birth and postpartum can provide many aids. But the most talked about and witnessed benefit is the ability to relax. This type of relaxation can not be achieved any other way.
Women who suffer from pubic pain, sciatica, hip and back pain, swelling, elevated blood pressure and more can find relief and improvements with nightly deep water immersions during late pregnancy.
Women also seem to be less “needy” and more whole with their birth while in water. By whole, meaning, they are the birth. They ask for less help, have less expressions of desperation and follow their bodies innate birthing process more freely.
When not disturbed (talked to, unnecessary touching, exams, noise, commotion) women move naturally, changing positions as their body and baby dictates to help facilitate the baby’s decent. Most women take a kneeling position in the pool, leaning on the edge. As the baby gets lower in the birth canal they move their knees farther apart and naturally move their hand down to touch their baby’s head as it begins to crown. As the baby’s head emerges the mother takes a more upright squatting position and uses both hands to catch her baby.
It is a very remarkable thing to witness. There is no doubt that the water aids a women in finding this innate birthing from within. Most women who birth on “land” require some directing and encouraging to birth in this manner. One is not right and the other wrong – but we can’t ignore the many advantages to the use of warm water during labor and birth.It is easy to support a woman who is in a birthing pool. Partners can sit next to the pool (birthing balls work great for this) and provide emotional and physical support as it is needed. It is also easy for the partner or the birthing assistants to reach into the pool and assist the mother or baby if needed.
Babies seem calmer when they are born into water. Once they are born they are gently lifted up to mother’s chest and warmly welcomed by their parents. Most babies seem to unfold in the warm water after birth. Keeping their heads out of water, the parents simply allow the newborn to gently float. Many babies look around and seem to be taking in this new environment peacefully. Their first cry will often occur when the baby is lifted from the water so that mom can get out of the pool- their first feel of gravity. Placentas deliver easily in water – they actually float or you can float a bowl in the pool with the placenta in it if mom is wanting to stay in the pool longer.With the use of an underwater flashlights you can easily see the birth progress by shining the light onto a submerged mirror below the mother.
List Of Benefits Of Warm Water For Labor And Birth
List Of benefits:
• Ease of movement and position changes for a more comfortable labor and birth
• Feelings of more control for mother
• Encourages relaxation
• Quickens labor
• Lowers blood pressure
• Ease of movement saves energy
• Greater comfort
• Reduces cesarean section rates
• Birth is easier for the mother and gentler for the baby
• Reduces complications and the need for drugs and interventions
• Provides mother a private space
• Softens perineum and reduces trauma and eliminates episiotomies
• Mothers love waterbirth and choose it for their next baby
• Midwives love it and recommend it to their clients