389 Harding Highway, Suite 1, Elmer, NJ 08318
Inspira Medical Center Elmer has been proud to offer women the choice of water birth in a hospital setting since 2003.
During labor, some women use water to attain a state of deep relaxation to aid in their birthing process. This is not a new concept in natural childbirth—the first known water birth took place in France in 1803.
Our Approach to Water Birth
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 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 environment.
We encourage you to visit waterbirth.org to learn more about water birth
Am I a Candidate for Water Birth?
Women with low-risk pregnancies who choose a natural water birth may have an easier, more comfortable experience.
Benefits of Water Birth
A water birth can:
- Increase mobility for mother to assume a comfortable position
- Speed up labor
- Reduce blood pressure
- Provide significant pain relief and reduce the 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
Why Choose Inspira for Water Birth
Inspira Medical Center Elmer is the first hospital in New Jersey and the Delaware Valley to earn the prestigious international Baby-Friendly® designation. It’s also the only maternity center in the region to offer water birth in a hospital setting. Inspira Medical Center Elmer’s maternity services received a national Women’s Choice Award, as well as the highest scores possible for maternity quality standards measured by Leap Frog. Inspira Medical Center Vineland is home to the region’s only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the Deborah F. Sager Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
At Inspira, we believe childbirth should be celebrated in a home-like environment designed to foster a sense of peace and safety. Inspira offers private rooms in which families can stay from admission to discharge. They’re designed to feel more like home than a hospital, but still have all the safety and security access features for moms and babies. The family waiting area offers convenience and comfort for our patients and their families.
Inspira has partnered with Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children to provide neonatal, pediatric and emergency care for children. Teaming up with Nemours allows Inspira to offer an advanced level of pediatric specialty care to families. Access to Nemours Pediatric Care at Inspira is currently available 24/7 at Inspira’s medical centers in Vineland and Mullica Hill.
Inspira Water Birth Locations
We’re proud to offer natural childbirth and water birth at Inspira Medical Center Elmer, the first hospital in the region to earn the prestigious recognition as a Baby-Friendly® birth facility. Elmer’s Maternity Unit has been carefully designed to promote natural and physiologic birth in a hospital setting.