Pros And Cons Of Water Births

Thinking of introducing a little H2O into your birthing plan? Read on for the pros and cons of water births


 

Labour and delivery are the most anticipated, and often most feared, component of pregnancy.  As such, birthing trends are constantly changing and evolving searching for the most relaxing, comfortable and pain-free techniques.  Recently water births have taken the birthing world by storm.  Before you race to reserve the Jacuzzi room, expectant mothers should consider the benefits and possible drawbacks of a water birth.

PROS

Proper position

Labouring, and delivering, your baby while sitting in a birthing tub naturally puts you in the one of the best birthing positions.  Sitting works with gravity, while also opening up your hips, allowing the baby easy passage through the birth canal.

Rest and relaxation

There’s a reason lounging in a pool is such a popular vacation activity, being immersed in water lends to relaxation.  Having a water birth has a calming affect on many expectant mothers.  The warm water also aids in comfort, moving around isn’t as difficult, making focusing on proper breathing easier.

Pain management

Just as a warm bath can cure everything from an aching body to a headache, a water birth can have the same affect on a laboring mother.  Stepping into a warm birthing tub can help minimize the pain of contractions, along with all end of pregnancy related pain.

CONS

Lack of monitoring

Even during a routine labour and delivery, most hospitals will have expectant mothers equipped with fetal heart rate and contraction monitors at all time, however, mothers participating in a water birth are unable to have constant monitoring.  While this may not be a problem for many, constant monitoring can pinpoint a potential problem, such as drop in fetal heart rate or fetal distress, immediately.

Possibility of infection

Once a woman’s water has broken, the barrier between the external world and the womb is also open.  While hospitals abide by strict sanitation standards, the risk of infection from a water birth remains.

It’s no epidural

While many women swear by the calming and comforting affect of the water during a water birth, the pain they still are able to feel can disappoint others.  The water may minimize the pain, however, those looking for the absence of pain completely may want to consider medicinal options.

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