Introducing Midwife Monday! Today Jaelin talks about water birth safety and answers questions from her followers.
Points from the video:
- Water birth and laboring in the water can shorten your labor by 32 minutes.
- Water birth and laboring in the water is completely safe for you and your baby.
- Research shows laboring in the water is effective pain management during labor. This means less medications, less need to augment your labor, and less interventions in birth.
- There is a higher rate of natural vaginal deliveries from women who labor in the water.
- There is less chance for perineal tearing for women who labor in the water and have a water birth.
- Research shows there is actually less chance of infection for the baby in water birth than birth outside of the water.
- There are a few risks with water birth: small labial tears, umbilical cord snapping (very rare).
Questions from guests:
- Can you labor in the water if your water is broken? Yes, but we like to have you labor not as long after your water has broken.
- Pooping in the water? Many women poop in the water. It happens. It’s normal.
- Can my partner get in with me? Absolutely. There are no restrictions on who gets in with you.
- I’ve heard that getting in the water slows down labor. Research shows getting in the water actually shortens your labor by 30-50 minutes.
- How many water births have you done? I’ve done over 300 births myself and probably about 80% of those are water births.
Check out evidencebasedbirth.com for more information on natural birth.
If you are in Houston and surrounding areas, check out hhhomebirth.com!