The process of giving birth to a child sitting inside a tub filled with warm water is called as water birthing. Some women opt to undergo labor in the water birthing tub and come out of it for delivery, while others opt to stay in the water for the entire duration of the delivery as well. The idea behind water birthing is to make labor and delivery less stressful to the mother as water facilitates mobility and comfort. It is believed that since the baby has already been in the amniotic fluid sac inside the womb for nine months, giving birth in a similar environment is also gentler for the child. Water birthing should always be carried out under the observation of a qualified healthcare provider with experience of handling this unique form of delivery.
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Water temperature should be maintained as per the comfort of the mother, usually between 33-37 °C. Remember it should not exceed 38°C, as it can cause an increase in mother’s core temperature, which can increase the baby’s heart rate.
If you are interested in opting for water birthing, discuss with your doctor or healthcare provider well in advance. If it is a suitable option for you, they will help you in the process or refer you to one of the water birth centers near you. They will guide you regarding a water birthing tub, water temperature and may be able to give you a brief water birth class demo as well.
As per the Waterbirth International Foundation, water birthing is highly rated by ladies who have already experienced it and also by water birth providers.
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Disclaimer: The information in the article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor.
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