The process of giving birth in a tub of warm water is called water birth. While some women wish to have their time of labor in the tub of water and get out of it before delivery, others wish for the complete process of child birth to be carried out in this birth pool of water. We all know that babies in the womb stay in the amniotic fluid. So, some mothers think that giving birth to the child in the water will be a comfort for the baby as he or she has already been in a similar environment for nine months in the womb.
Water birth is offered by many birthing centers or hospitals that offer a homelike comfortable setting for easy child birth of the mother. A doctor, nurse or a mid wife helps a woman to get through the process of child birth as smoothly as possible.
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1. Risks Of Water Birth
Many say that water birth is as safe as vaginal birth. But there may be a risk sometimes in this process too. They are: Both the baby and the mother can catch up an infection.
The umbilical cord can split all of a sudden even before your baby comes out of the water.
A very high fluctuation of the baby’s body temperature which may be too high or too low.
The baby may suddenly be attacked by an abnormal electoral activity in the brain called seizures.
2. Conditions That Do Not Allow Water Birth
The following conditions are necessary to be kept in mind if a woman chooses water birth. A woman having any of these cannot go for water birth at all. They are:
If the baby is a premature baby.
If a woman’s belly is enormous.
A woman is suffering from any kind of infection.
If a woman is in a condition to deliver twins or more babies.
A woman should not be less than 17 years or more than 35 years of age.
The baby should not be in a breech position.
When a woman needs to be constantly monitored during her entire delivery phase and this is impossible if that woman goes for a water birth.
If a woman has severe meconium or is suffering from toxemia or preeclampsia.
3. Benefits For Mother During Water Birth
The cool temperature of the water could be soothing and relaxing for the mother undergoing labor.
The buoyancy of the water is said to lessen the body weight of the mother which will help her to have better movement and easy positioning.
The effects of buoyancy helps in better uterine contractions and blood circulation which helps in good supply of oxygen to the baby and less pain for the mother.
When the body is immersed in water, it helps to lower high blood pressure which is caused due to anxiety and tension during this phase.
Water birth provides physical and mental relaxation thus helping the mother o focus more on her delivery process.
Reduction in the stress level of the mother in water birth allows the body to produce more endorphins that is needed for lessening the pain.
4. Benefits For Baby During Water Birth
The water birth pool being filled with water acts as a familiar environment for the baby who has being staying in the amniotic sac for nine months.
Water birth gives a sense of comfort to the baby too as the mother is also in a balmy environment in the water.
5. Precautions Needed During Water Birth
When you have decided in your early stage of pregnancy to go for water birth, talk to your health care professional to know if a water birth service is there in his hospital or not. If your hospital does not have one, then look out for the birthing centres or experienced health care professionals who will be able to do this process at your home if needed.
But, wherever you go for a water birth see that you have taken the following precautions to ensure safety for your baby and for yourself.
See that you hydrate yourself a lot while the water birth process is going on.
The temperature of the water should be between 97 to 100F.
There are proper arrangements made by the health care professionals after you come out of the birthing pool.
Constant monitoring is necessary of your baby and you by the healthcare professionals.
Good infection control measures have been taken.
The tub is well maintained by seeing that it is well maintained in case of sanitary purposes.
Most importantly, the entire birthing process should be taken care of by good and experienced health care professionals and midwives.
See that your delivery process is carried out well in this water birth process because the life of your baby and your should be taken into well consideration.