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.
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.

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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.

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.

Should I have a water birth?

Talk to your midwife. Waterbirths are popular among women who do not want to expose their baby to medications for pain when they are in labor. Being in warm water seems to help women relax and deal with pain better. As long as the baby is doing well during labor, waterbirths seem to be safe, as healthy babies don't take their first breath until they come up into the air.
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.
Water Births. A water birth is an option for women with no problems during their pregnancy. It is felt to reduce the pain of childbirth. Some doctors and midwives offer water births and other do not. Talk to your doctor.
Reason? I must take that into account a listed age of 49 for an answer. Childbirth is not the equivalent of a baby shower. It has potential to be a blessed wonderful event, or a medical disaster for baby. A thorough evaluation by an OBGYN followed by good prenatal care and delivery at a midwife friendly dual purpose center might fit your needs. Have the option to switch methods with docs standing by.

Is it safer to have a water birth?

NO. No, if it was safer everyone would be doing them, that is just a gimmick, most obs in 2012 do not aloow their pts to have water births, usually those are done by a mid wife, I have delivered over 5000 babies and I do not recommned that.
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.

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.

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

Just do a normal. One, water birth in my opinion is a racket, I have done over 5000 deliveries, and in my opinion water does not add any value and has the potential to cause a lot of problems or problems can be missed because of the water birth, obviously there are some people who have a different opinion.
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.

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.
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.

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.

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

See a good plastic. Surgeon or a good gyn surgeon and I do not do water births with my patients and I have delivered over 5000 babies.
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.