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