There are a lot of women who feel that entering the hospital system for their births restricts them to a sterile, medical, and detached experience. A lot of these women consider giving birth to be a sacred thing, a significant occurrence and should be moved towards with reverence and respect.
When giving birth outside the context of a hospital, maybe at home or in a birth centre, it is becoming more popular, attractive, the option to use water during labour to relax mum’s muscles and to ease the discomfort of contractions, together with actually giving birth into the water pool too.
While water birth may seem to be a new undertaking, they have been used in actual practice for centuries all over the world, from Japan where expectant mums laboured in the ocean, to Finland where women gave birth in saunas. In the United States, it started picking up traction in the 1980s, as info regarding its rewards became more extensive.
The majority of women gave birth at home in days of yore. Natural childbirth practitioners advocate and recognise how important emergency medical intervention can be and act accordingly. There are many levels of natural birth. Some women may insist on no medical or surgical intervention at all unless it is an emergency. Others may allow some, others more, but it could still be called a natural birth.
Giving birth in water is one natural birth method. It has been described as having a bath to alleviate aches and pains. The main thing with water is that it makes you relax. This in turn helps in the process of labour. Being tense can affect the rhythm of contractions which in turn has an impact on the baby. A water birth can also help you keep calm. Once you are immersed in water the stress on the joints and the woman is able to give birth standing up and use gravity to assist the exit of the child.
There are many different types of birthing pools. You should always look for one made by a reputable and experienced manufacturer. The midwife may be able to help with this, if you have already elected to have a natural birth at home. The birthing pool should be strong and rigid enough to support the body whatever position it is in. The floor should be inflatable as well for maximum comfort when the user is sitting or kneeling in it. Most have grab rails to hold on to, which is useful when the user is in the throes of childbirth.
The mother’s safety and comfort should be considered at all times. If she needs to get out of the pool at any time, she should be able to without fear of falling over because the side of the pool collapses. The baby can even be born in the water. How much more of a natural birth do you need?