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!

About the author

Jaelin married her high school sweetheart (Ted) in 1984 and is the proud mother of 3 grown children (2 boys & a girl). She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas, a Master’s Degree from Georgetown and holds several other professional certifications related to health and wellness; currently, she is working on her Doctorate degree. Jaelin works as a Midwife and Nurse Practitioner at Nativiti Family Birth Center & Women's Health Associates in the Woodlands Texas.