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Dr. Danae Steele
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Water Birth (Overview)

Water birth is performed in a tub of warm water. Some birthing centers provide this option or it may be done by a home birth attendant.


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Should I have a water birth?

Should I have a water birth?

Personal choice: There are pros and cons to any type of delivery.Choose which one you are more comfortable with.Things may go wrong, so be prepared for any unforeseen emergencies. ...Read more

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Dr. Danae Steele
49 doctors shared insights

Water Birth (Overview)

Water birth is performed in a tub of warm water. Some birthing centers provide this option or it may be done by a home birth attendant.


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Is it safer to have a water birth?

Is it safer to have a water birth?

No.: There is nothing about a water birth that makes it safer than regular labor and delivery. I can think of several reasons why it would be a bad idea (e.g. Difficulty monitoring fetal well-being) and none that would make it appealing. ...Read more

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Can water birth the best way to go?

Can water birth the best way to go?

See below: There are multiple techniques offered for childbirth, and new techniques, as well as old ones, come in and out of vogue. What seems to work best is what works for you. I have worked at hospitals with and without water births. As an anesthesiologist i will say that a water birth means that the use of epidural anesthesia is not possible, or extremely difficult. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of water birth?

What are the benefits of water birth?

Comfort vs risk: Water births are touted for those foregoing pain medicine, especially epidurals. They provide weightlessness, and can help patients manage labor pain better. However, if one chooses to have a water delivery, there can be problems including increased risk of infection, problems with managing the perineum or the head during the delivery, and aspiration, with severe consequences for the baby. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of a water birth?

Water birth: Water birth may be used during stage 1 of labor (contractions start up to cervix fully dilated). It has shown to decrease pain, keeps pt from needing anesthesia and speeds up labor. Studies have shown that water birth does not improve medical outcome for mom or child ...Read more

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What are the benefits of a water birth??

What are the benefits of a water birth??

Possible benefits: may include helping the mother relax and roll side to side which may ease the discomfort and decrease the need for anesthesia during the first stage of labor, that is, until the cervix is dilated. There are no proven benefits and possible significant complications of water birth during second stage of labor and actual delivery. ...Read more

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What is the difference between water birth and other types of birth?

What is the difference between water birth and other types of birth?

Cult following: Some value "special" more than safe, and want their delivery to be an event like a bridal shower. There are some providers who can do the procedure well, and limit the risks involved, but they are few.We had one die here of e.coli blood poisoning derived from a little leaky poo in the pool.If the infants first breath is laced with germs from the surroundings expect pneumonia within hours. ...Read more

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Is there a medical reason not to have a water birth?

Is there a medical reason not to have a water birth?

Yes: A water birth puts a baby at unneeded risk without providing any benefit. To be blunt, the water will become contaminated with fecal matter which the baby can aspirate. This has resulted in neonatal deaths. The diving reflex often postulated to prevent this only occurs in cold water. Laboring in warm water can be helpful to moms trying for a drug-free birth, but please deliver in chair or bed. ...Read more

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I like the idea of water birth, but how is it beneficial?

Water bath: It gives the mother better control of the delivery, reduces need for an episiotomy,reduces pain, lends buoyancy to the delivery and gives mother the feeling of a more natural birth ...Read more

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What can I do to reduce the appearance of scars left by my water birth?

What can I do to reduce the appearance of scars left by my water birth?

Gyne than plastic: I would first discuss with your gynecologist who may make a recommendation or refer you to a plastic surgeon for possible options. In all likelihood, time may be your best friend. ...Read more

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