Water birth according to Oxford Living Dictionary is a birth in which the mother spends the final stages of labour in a birthing pool, with delivery taking place either in or out of the water.
Here are questions that pregnant women are often faced with.
How Does Water Birth Help with Pain?
Water birth can be very helpful with coping through the pains and discomforts of labor. Some people describe it as a natural epidur@l.
The water eases the weight of gravity off the body thus relieving pressure and it also allows for easy change of positions..
Also, the warmth of the water soothes and relaxes the body making each contr@ction just a little bit easier.
Where can a Water Birth Take Place?
Believe it or not, water births happen everywhere – at home, birth centers and some hospitals. “free birthers” also give birth in streams.
However, not everyone birthing at a hospital can have a water birth. Water births are strictly for those women having an unmedicated birth.
However, if a woman waits to receive pain medications for late active labor or transition, she can still benefit from a water birth earlier on.
Also, it has been recorded that not every hospital allows water births.
What Kind of Tub Should I get for a Water Birth?
In a perfect world all women should purchase or have access to a pool that is made specifically for birth.
The depth of these birth pools are absolutely perfect, they have plenty of room to move around and change positions, have handles to grip, and are very sturdy. They’re worth it! Also, if you re-sell your pool you’ll be able to recoup a significant portion of the cost.
What Should I get for a Water Birth?
If you are having a water birth in a hospital or a birth center, most things will be supplied for you so there isn’t much extra you should bring. See below for some possible ideas and suggestions.
What are the necessary things I Need to Buy for a Water Birth?
If you are having a home water birth the following things will need to be bought
• Extra Towels –getting in and out of the tub repeatedly, you’ll need lots of dry towels!]
• Air Pump – An air pump is absolutely necessary to save someone the time and energy to blow up a birth pool by hand. Sometimes women may be unable to have a waterbirth because
1) things were progressing rapidly
2) the birth pool was taking a long time to setup.
• Drinking Water (Lead Free) Hose – Most hoses contain lead. Buy a lead free hose to fill the tub, please!!!
• F@ucet to Hose Ad@pter – Don’t forget this! To hook up a hose to your kitchen f@ucet, you’ll need an ad@pter.
• Drain Pump – After a water birth many parents wonder how to empty the birth pool. PLEASE! Buy an inexpensive water pump. It’ll make your life easy. You’ll thank me later.
• Floating Bath Thermometer – A bath thermometer is very helpful to ensure the water temperature stays close to the laboring mother’s temperature as much as possible.
What Should I Wear for a Water Birth?
In early labor and in the early portions of active labor, most women are not laboring in the tub. At this point wear whatever is most comfortable! For example you could wear a birthing skirt and shirt made just for birth.. Just feel comfortable
Active Labor and Beyond
Once active labor has begun, many women choose to labor with no clothes during their water birth. Some women prefer a bathing suit top or a sports br@. Any of these options would work just fine! Be comfortable.
How do you Prepare for a Water Birth?
Parents prepare for a water birth effectively when they set up the pool before labor begins. This way they learn about the pool, how it works, how to blow it up, how to hook up the hoses before they actually need it, etc.
Often after a birth pool trial run, parents may realize they don’t have everything they need. Maybe the hose isn’t long enough to reach the tub, they don’t have the correct faucet adapter, their hot water heater is very small, etc.
Once the it has been worked out, there’s no need to keep the pool set up. After a trial run, empty the pool of its water. DO NOT KEEP THE TUB FILLED BEFORE LABOR BEGINS. It is a drowning hazard but also the water will begin to grow bacteria – not a good place for a baby to be born!
When Should I Get out of the Tub?
Many women wonder when to get IN the tub, but also wonder when to get OUT. Here are some ideas when getting out of the tub may be helpful or needed.
• Maternal di@arrhea
• Meconium in the @mniotic fluid
• During the pushing stage
• The water is too hot or cold
• Contr@ctions have spaced out and labor has stalled
• Fet@l monitoring
• To resolve shoulder dystoci@
• To resolve postp@rtum hemorrh@ge
• Delivery of the placent@
Does a Water Birth Reduce Te@ring?
Many people think that water birth reduces te@ring. And for some, that may be true. However, there was a recent article put out that showed an increase in genit@l tr@ct damage with water birth.
Why Are Water Birth Babies Blue?
After witnessing a handful of water births, some will notice that water birth babies are more likely to be born a little bit more blue than their counterparts.
However, this doesn’t happen all of the time.
Source: Mother Rising