Water birth is the process of giving birth in a tub of warm water. Some women choose to labor in the water and get out for delivery. Other women decide to stay in the water for the delivery. Here are two of the BIG reasons moms should spend some time in the water birth tub during labor:
Pain management – Birthing tubs can be used as a pain management technique. When you are in labor you are going to experience pain and it is up to you to decide how you want to manage it. One of our favorite ways to use the water birth tub is when mom needs a weightless break. The effect of buoyancy lessens a mother’s body weight, allowing free movement and new positioning. Whenever possible, it’s best to be fully submerged to at least your chest. While any bit of warm water can help in coping with contractions, being fully submerged provides more buoyancy and warmth to provide the most pain relief.
Stress Relief- It is easy to get a bit anxious during labor. Using a birth tub for just a short period of time can lessen anxiety and help lower high blood pressure. Who doesn’t want a nice warm bath on an exhausting day? When you are relaxed physically, it is easier to relax mentally and focus on the birth process.
Lets not forget about baby! Your baby’s birth experience is just as important and yours. When your baby is born in the water it eases your baby’s transition to the outside world. Water birth is safe. Your baby has been in a water-like fluid throughout the entire pregnancy, and with a water birth your baby will be born gently into the same environment that he or she is currently in… water! Your baby will continue to receive oxygen through its umbilical cord just as he or she did before birth. The midwife will bring your baby out of the water within a few seconds after the birth and then your baby will take its first breath to fill its lungs with air.
At One Family Community Birth Center we want you to feel comfortable and secure during your labor. We offer a relaxing tub at our birth center. Our tub will help give you the relief you need to push you through the rest of your labor. If you have questions about water birth please don’t hesitate to give us a call 907-349-3054