It might actually be a funny question, “Why opt for water birth”? On the contrary, I always like to ask, “Why not go for baby birth in water? When I genuinely think about the procedure, I ponder on the point that it has a great many advantages and also makes good sense. But, again I wonder, why the majority of the women do not go for it. I am a mother of two and both my children took birth in water. Each birth was a thrilling experience that I now look back upon with great pride and fondness.
I take pride in the fact that I have been successful in bringing my children into this world by going for a way that was gentle and kind. Delivering my baby in water gave me something I would not have obtained by giving up medicines- less pain.
Understanding The Basics
Women who have tried delivering their babies in water have unanimously and consistently reported that they had less painful contractions while laboring in water. They also said that having delivered in water once; they would not opt for any other way of baby delivery. The meaning of delivering in water is that at least a part of your delivery or labor or both take place in a pool that is filled with water. The water used is essentially warm. The procedure can be arranged in birthing centers, hospitals and even at homes. Nurses and doctors are available to help the patient through. In the United States, there are some hospitals and birthing centers that offer this facility. Making the effective use of a birthing puddle for labor can help in easing pain, speeding up labor and keeping the patient away from anesthesia.
Why Choose The Process?
The ACOG or American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says that giving birth in water might come with certain advantages. However, there are even some risks involved with the procedure. It is completely upon you, in proper consultation with your doctor or midwife, to come up with the decision of how and where you would want to deliver. Women who labor in water feel more in control and less painful with their contractions. Such women have reduced chances of requiring epidurals for managing pain or medicines for speeding up labor. Studies in this field have proved the fact that the first stage of experiencing labor goes more quickly when trying to deliver in water.
However, midwives and doctors are of the view that this method is suitable only for women:
- who are healthy
- those who have low-risk pregnancies
- who have just one baby in the womb
- who have completed 37 weeks of pregnancy
To conclude, there is no evidence that babies and mothers are at an increased risk if she opts for this procedure. Water immersions might not prove to be highly dangerous although there is further research being conducted on the entire subject matter. After all, there would be nothing more private than a birthing pool and a dimmed room for delivering your baby. I bet, you will have no complaints about your water birth just as I do not.