Waterbirth The birth process is mediated by a hormone called oxytocin. Oxytocin, also known as the "love hormone," is released in higher concentrations when women feel safe, cared for, and relaxed. During labor, some women utilize water to attain a state of deep relaxation to aid in their birthing process and some women choose to birth their babies in water. Water birth is not a new concept in natural childbirth—the first known water birth took place in France in 1803. A water birth in a hospital setting gives women the chance to enter a deep tub of warm water in the later stages of active labor. With a water birth, women can relax in a quiet room alongside their support system in a more comfortable and controlled birthing experience. Inspira Medical Center Elmer has been proud to offer women in South Jersey the choice of water birth in a hospital setting since its opening in 2003. A gentle beginning We believe every woman should have the resources and autonomy to make an informed choice about what birth plan makes the most sense for her and her baby. A certified nurse midwife at Gentle Beginnings can answer any questions or concerns you may have when deciding if a water birth makes sense for you. Women with low-risk pregnancies who choose a natural water birth may have an easier, more comfortable experience. A water birth can also: Increase mobility for mother to assume a comfortable position Speed up labor Reduce blood pressure Provide significant pain relief and reduce need for drugs and intervention Promote relaxation and control in a private, protected space Allow mother to conserve energy Reduce perineal trauma and eliminate episiotomies Reduce the likelihood of a cesarean section Provide a gentler welcome for baby Your own private, protective space The Maternity Care Center at Elmer is the only hospital in the region to offer water birth in a hospital setting. We’re also the first hospital in New Jersey and the Delaware Valley to earn the prestigious recognition as a Baby-Friendly® birth facility. Our private rooms with in-suite birthing tubs are designed to evoke a feeling of home—calm, safe and serene. Private room with waterbirth tub in-suite We encourage you to visit waterbirth.org to learn more about water birth. We’d also be happy to talk to you about Gentle Beginnings and the option of water birth at Inspira Medical Center Elmer. Call one of the below locations with any questions: Locations: Elmer Office: 389 Harding Highway, Suite 1 Elmer, NJ 08318 Get Directions (856) 358-1100 Haddon Heights Office 708 Station Avenue Haddon Heights, NJ 08035 Get Directions (856) 265-0200 Follow us on social media!