Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Water Birth


Water birth is the process of giving birth in a tub of warm water.
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The theory behind water birth is that since the baby has already been in the amniotic fluid sac for nine months, birthing in a similar environment is gentler for the baby and less stressful for the mother.
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A 2009 Cochrane review found that the use of a birthing pool during the first stage of labour can help lower pain, reduce the need for epidural anesthesia and make the labour go faster. As for giving birth in the water, the method increased patient satisfaction in one study.
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Risks from water births that have been documented include raising or lowering the baby's body temperature, aspirating bath water into the baby's lungs, and seizures.
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Remember, water births should always occur under the supervision of a qualified healthcare provider.
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You should also consider testing for Legionella in every newborn who contracts a fever following a water birth.
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