Every year thousands of women worldwide choose to have an active natural birth using a birthing pool.
Women often intuitively feel drawn to water around birth. Midwives often advise women to have a bath in early labour. During recent decades, a greater understanding of the value of water has developed.
The use of a birthing pool for labour is now very common. Waterbirth itself is on the increase.
Water is widely used to support a non-interventionist approach to labour and birth at home or in hospital. It is recognised as a safe option to support labour for healthy pregnant women. Waterbirth is within the remit of normal midwifery practice.
Using a birthing pool for labour offers great comfort and helps to reduce stress. A woman’s awareness is freed to effortlessly settle down in the warm, soothing, private environment.
Something almost magical often seems to happen as a woman steps into her birthing pool during labour. She experiences effortless mobility in the buoyancy of the water facilitating a surrender to instinctive behaviour. This allows her to be more creative about positions she can adopt for an active approach to labour and birth.
a rewarding experience…
The outcomes of using a birthing pool can be very positive for all concerned, whether it is used for labour alone or for the birth itself. The atmosphere created can positively affect both the labouring woman and her birth attendants.
Waterbirth can give the baby a gentle entrance into the world and can provide a rewarding birth experience for the mother herself. A great sense of satisfaction is often experienced by all concerned, including midwives & birth partners.