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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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Dr. Danae Steele
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Water Birth (Definition)

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


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What are the benefits of a water birth?

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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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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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 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?

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 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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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?

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

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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

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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?

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 more

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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

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The first pregnancy I had a ceseation so can my second pregnancy I have a water birth?

The first pregnancy I had a ceseation so can my second pregnancy I have a water birth?

Possibly: You should have a meaningful discussion with your doctor regarding your request. ...Read more

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What is the reasoning behind water births and are they more comfortable or even safe?

What is the reasoning behind water births and are they more comfortable or even safe?

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

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With water birthing, is it possible to still have an epidural? Or do you have to deliver naturally? How does water birthing work?

With water birthing, is it possible to still have an epidural? Or do you have to deliver naturally? How does water birthing work?

Water birth: With a water birth, the mother needs to be able to get into and out of the tub. An epidural can cause temporary loss of feeling and strength in the legs, therefore it is unlikely to be possible to have a water birth with an epidural. ...Read more

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What are the advantages of water births?

What are the advantages of water births?

See below: The theory is that the transition is more gradual by being born into warm water. It is controversial. ...Read more

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What is good and bad about water births?

See below: The theory is that the transition is more gradual by being born into warm water. It is controversial. ...Read more