Water Birth: What You Need to Know

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These days, pregnant women have so many options when it comes to giving birth. Natural birth used to be the default option, with Cesarian being an alternative for certain situations that could endanger the life of the mother or child if you follow natural birth.

Today, however, options such as water birthing are available. If you are curious about this method of giving birth, here is what you need to know:

Temperature

Water birth is a great alternative for women who want to be more comfortable while giving birth. Healthcare specialist Wasatch Midwifery and Wellness states that the water helps with the pain and pushing the baby out, but there is the big question of how hot or cold the water should be.

Experts say the temperature of the water should be no more than 98 degrees, and a thermometer should be ready nearby to check the temperature of the water constantly. The mother can choose to go for a lower temperature, of course.

Position

There is no fixed position to give birth in water. You may need to move around a bit to find a position that feels most comfortable for you. Comfort is the keyword. You may have to lean on the side of a pool, or you may choose to have one of your legs raised to help with pushing the baby out.

The midwife may also advise a better position to help with the delivery.

Pain

One of the reasons for the increased popularity of water birthing is the claim that it helps with pain management during childbirth. There is also the fact that newborns are more adept at being in an aquatic surrounding, much like what they have grown accustomed to inside the womb.

Though not all women can say there is no pain, many attest to the pain being less than when they are giving birth naturally. Still, you should manage your expectations when you go for this birthing method.

Giving birth is a complicated process. It would be nice if you can find a way to make it more comfortable for both you and the baby. Ask your doctor about water birthing before you decide.