What is waterbirth?
It is the method of laboring and giving birth in the water. Water has been used throughout the world for many centuries to aid in healing and for spiritual and religious ceremony. Becoming popular in the UK, Canada and Europe in the 1980’s and 90’s, people found that using water as a tool in the birthing process was a safe, effective and comforting way to bring a baby into the world. It is becoming increacingly popular today in the United States as it is often known as "the midwife's epidural".
How is waterbirth beneficial to mom?
Laboring in warm water is relaxing for the mother and eases the pain and discomforts of her contractions. The moist heat of the water penetrates the muscles and joints of the back, legs, hips and abdomen allowing blood to circulate and the muscles to relax more thoroughly. Water allows the woman to be buoyant which takes pressure off joints normally created by gravity. Floating, a woman giving birth is able to move from one position to another with more fluidity and ease. The muscles of the perineum relax and open with increased blood flow. The softened, warmed perineal tissues become more pliable and flexible for stretching when it comes time to push. Often times, when a woman delivers her baby in water there is little or no perineal tearing.
How is waterbirth benficial to baby?
Being born into water is also very positive for baby. In utero, baby is floating in warm amniotic fluid for 9 months. The transition from womb into the outside world can be gentler in water. Doctors and Midwives have found that babies who are born in water are calmer, more alert, and eager to make eye contact with their mother.
Will the baby breathe in the water?
Babies do not breathe until their face hits air. They come from water into water. We bring the baby right up to the surface the minute it is born to ensure there are no complications.
What about sanitation and the mess?
A sanitary and single use tub liner is either provided for each birth. You need a different liner for the home birth tubs compared to The Birth Sweet tub. We use a sump pump and hose to drain the tub and pack everything away before we leave your birth. The tub does an amazing job of containing any birth "mess".
What kinds of birth tubs are there and are they included in my birth fee?
You are welcome to use a standard tub if you like but many women prefer an inflatable tub specifically designed for birth. It is padded on the bottom, and has inflated sides that are comfortable to lean against and strong enough to even sit on. You can place them in the center of a room so that there is easy access all around so someone can hold your hand and other person rub your back at the same time. They also have handles to use during labor or pushing. I have four different pools, five pools total that I offer based on first come first serve.
Birth Pool in a Box-
2 Regular and 1 Mini which is great for shorter mothers or small spaces
1-Oasis Birth Tub as my back up tub
For those who birth at The Birth Sweet- 1 Aquadoula heated tub