These days it seems many people are looking for alternatives to the norm. Choosing how to deliver a baby is no exception. Will you deliver at home or in a hospital? With an epidural or no pain meds at all?
How about birthing your baby in water as a tried and true way to deliver naturally in a hospital?
Water birth is a childbirth method where a pregnant woman gives birth in a tub or inflatable pool of warm water. The water temperature is usually maintained at around 98 degrees, which is equivalent to the body temperature of a healthy adult. During a water birth, the woman is typically supported by a partner, midwife, or doula and may be free to move around, change positions, and even hold onto the edges of the tub or pool for support.
Water birth has become increasingly popular in recent years, with women opting for this method of childbirth for various reasons. Some of the most common reasons include:
- Natural pain relief: Warm water is known to help alleviate pain and promote relaxation, which can be helpful during childbirth. Water birth may provide a natural pain relief option without the need for medication.
- Reduced stress and anxiety: Giving birth can be a stressful and anxiety-inducing experience for many women. Being in warm water can help promote relaxation, reduce stress, and create a calming environment.
- Increased sense of privacy: Water birth provides a sense of privacy as the mother is typically covered by the water, which can help reduce inhibitions and create a more intimate and personal experience.
- Easier movement and positioning: Water can help reduce the effects of gravity, allowing the mother to move around more easily and change positions during labor and delivery.
- Reduced risk of tearing: The buoyancy of water can help reduce the pressure on the perineum and reduce the risk of tearing during delivery.
In metro Atlanta, water birth options are seldom publicized because many most hospitals are too big to offer such a personal experience. In fact, after the closing of Atlanta Medical Center, Wellstar North Fulton Hospital is now the only hospital that continues to offer the service after more than 30 years.
It's important to note that while water birth can be a safe and effective method of childbirth for many women, it is not suitable for everyone. Women with certain medical conditions or complications may not be able to give birth in water, and it's essential to consult with a Nile healthcare provider to determine if water birth is a safe option.
Book an appointment with a Nile Woman’s Health Care provider in order to determine if you are a candidate for a water birth. Call us at (770) 521-2229 or nilewhc.com.
Photo credit: Paulina Splechta / Paulina Splechta Birth And Motherhood Photography