Water has been used over the ages to for labor and during actual childbirth. On closer examination, the baby is surrounded by amniotic fluid all throughout its stay in the womb. Waterbirth considerably eases the baby’s transition from inside her mother’s womb to the outside world. The benefits of waterbirth include being less traumatic for the baby when it is born from a “watery” environment in the mother’s womb into another “watery” environment, for example in a tub. Studies have shown that when babies are born under water, they require less oxygen immediately after birth. Waterbirth has been shown to increase oxygen supply to the brain, kidneys and liver, giving lifelong benefit to the baby.
For the mother too, being in water during labor reduces labor pains substantially, as water has a therapeutic effect on her. At our Natural Birth Center, The Sanctum™, mothers who labor in water, are more calm, and serene. Pushing is less painful in warm water, as the perineal tissues stretch more easily, without giving pain. Such a birth is gentle both on the mother and on the baby.
Our midwives and staff are experts in helping mothers use waterbirth. Our first waterbirth at The SanctumTM was in 2009 and since then we have helped many mothers and babies to experience gentle birth under water.
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We welcome you to visit us to learn about Water Birth options. Please contact us for an appointment.