Water Birth Services
For a better birth
just add water!
Take the plunge and discover the benefits of water immersion during labor
Benefits For Mom:
relief: warm water immersion decreases secretion of stress-related hormones
(noradrenaline & catecholamines) associated with fear and anxiety;
increases production of endorphinsthe bodys natural pain killers.
Mom is able to attain a deeper state of relaxation and conserve her energy.
Buoyancy in water reduces effects of gravity and creates weightlessness;
less abdominal pressure promotes more efficient uterine contractions.
hypertension and reduces edema: mild vasodilation occurs thus decreasing
Increases oxygenation to uterus; no external compression of inferior vena
cava; promotes better blood circulation and supply to the uterus/placenta
improving fetal oxygenation.
a dysfunctional labor; stimulates effective dilation of the cervix. Provides
greater mobility for maternal positioning during labor and birth.
perineal/cervical injuries. The warm water softens the vagina, vulva and
perineum making the tissues more supple and able to stretch gradually.
water temperature: 86-96°F induces mild hypothermia; intensifies uterine
blood flow; makes glycogen reserves available and activates insulin receptors
in the mom thus is beneficial for diabetic moms.
Shortens length of labor.
Improves placental blood flow; increases efficiency of uterine contractions
which assists in efficient placental separation; reduces postpartum hemorrhage.
lessens danger of rupture; safer for scar; uterus has better blood supply.
Empowers mother: when mom is awake, aware and in control of
her birthing experience it becomes a source of great personal strength
and enriches her life forever.
Benefits For Baby:
transition from maternal womb to external womb of water with
less trauma at birth
Enhances fetal oxygenation. Improved blood flow to baby due to better
blood circulation in mother
Best water temperature: 86-96°F helps regulate fetal heart rate; protects
against hemorrhagic disease of the newborn by normalizing clotting response;
stabilizes primitive reflex responses and activates fetal movements.
Water mitigates the shock and sensory overload to the newborn that are
so often an inextricable part of dry-land birth
Benefits For Family/Society:
involvement of the fatherbecause moms pain and stress is greatly
reduced, fathers take a more active role in the birthing process.
Enhanced family relationshipsinvolvement of father creates a greater
parent-child interactionsa mom who has an empowering birth experience
will have a positive association to the baby; and a baby who experiences
a non-traumatic, painless, gentle birth will have a positive association
to the parent.
The birth experience is one of several causal factors in determining the
kind of personality an individual manifests later in life. (The Calif.
Commission on Crime Control & Violence Prevention spent two years
studying the root causes of crime. It found that gentle birth, more loving
families and less violence on television are three major factors that
curb violent crime. The Commission said that a positive birth experience,
one that is gentle, loving and non-traumatic, increases the likelihood
of healthy child development and less violent behavior.)
''Women's bodies have their own wisdom, and a system of birth refined
over 100,000 generations is not so easily overpowered'
~Dr. Sarah J. Buckley~