Water is a wonderful tool for pregnancy, labor, and birth. The feeling of being weightless in the tub is welcomed by all moms-to-be to relieve many discomforts in pregnancy, such as back pain and swelling. In labor, the instant soothing relief of submersing in warm water is amazing! Being in water eases the pressure of the labor surges, allows for easier mobility into various positions, and is very calming for mom and baby.
When the mother is calmer, the labor process unfolds beautifully, supporting the hormonal process. Oxytocin and endorphins rise, while adrenaline and stress hormones are lowered. This creates a more effective and efficient labor pattern, which best supports mother and baby.
Laboring in water has many benefits for the mother and baby, including:
Pain and stress relief
A gentle transition for the baby
Less perineal tearing
Lowers blood pressure
Easier mobility for position changes
A more efficient labor
Supports the natural stages of labor
I have various styles and sizes of birth tubs available for loan and rent. All women tend to want to labor in water at some point, whether in the tub, shower, or both. Birthing in water is not a decision that has to made before the birth. Sometimes, as with all birth preparation, what a woman thinks she will use or like doesn’t end up being what works best for her in her labor process. Birth is a unique unfolding journey every time, and I support each woman as her journey unfolds. I am very comfortable supporting women in waterbirth and believe it is a safe, wonderful place to birth!