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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Water birth is not dangerous as long as the baby is brought out of the water after birth. Do not hold the baby under the water after it is born. It may continue to get oxygen from the placenta, but can still inhale water and be injured from this. Many women find waterbirth relaxing and it can be done safely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Since an epidural is too risky for water birth, is it possible to have pain meds through an IV if you're giving a water birth? Or is that risky also?
Water birth: You can have IV pain meds during a water birth, but IV pain meds are not as ideal for the baby as they do cross the placenta and can affect the baby with sedation, decreased respiratory effort, decreased feeding, etc. Would talk to your OB about what is most important in your birth plan - is it the water birth, pain control, possible affect on infant etc, and then plan based on those priorities. ...Read more
Not recommended: Water births no longer recommened by national pediatric organizations ...Read more
If I test positive for group strep b and can't make it to hospital in time for birth would a water birth be safe.
NO: First, why can't you make it to the hospital? Moms that are GBS positive need antibiotic treatment to prevent transmission to newborn- GBS infection can cause pneumonia, meningitis and death. A baby of an untreated mom should be watched carefully after birth for signs of GBS infection. ...Read more
My wife and I having a baby 10/11 she wants a home water birth with my sister who is a midwife, i just think that's ridiculous are they even safe?
Home water births: This practice can be safe so don't panic. I am assuming your sister is experienced as a midwife AND familiar with water births. Water births can be a very rewarding experience but everyone needs to understand that if problems develop it transitions to a normal "dry" delivery and if needed transfer to a hospital. Another thought - can your sister live with herself if something goes wrong?? ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Hi i'm 34 wks pregnant and am aiming for a water birth, everyone is telling me to not have one is this unrealistic to achieve at 17 ?
Hard to say: You are not planning a shower or remodeling your kitchen. If your baby had a vote, it would ask you to find the best help possible to get born healthy, If that means a water birth, fine, but I find few that are practiced enough in the method to remove the risks involved. Done well, that might give you bragging rights, done poorly and baby may have a bad outcome. I find it a poor choice at any age. ...Read more
Possibly: You should have a meaningful discussion with your doctor regarding your request. ...Read more
More comfortable: The usual delivery position, on the woman's back is probably the hardest and least comfortable. Prior to the modern era, the woman delivered in a vertical position usually if possible. Using a water bath provides support and cleanliness. With good support to deal with the newborn, most women describe this as more comfortable and it adds no additional risk. ...Read more
With water birthing, is it possible to still have an epidural? Or do you have to deliver naturally? How does water birthing work?
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