Water Birth

Water Birth Benefits

Benefits for Mother:Grapevine Birthing Center in Grapevine Texas birth center midwife and home birth information, provided by Sarah Jones, Dallas Fort Worth midwife

  • Water is soothing, comforting, relaxing.
  • In the later stages of labor, the water seems to increase the woman’s energy.
  • Water birth coined as an “aquadural” or “wetepidural” and is safer, more effective and economical than an epidural.
  • Pain significantly reduced by blocking nerve impulses of pain to the brain known as the Gate Theory of Pain.
  • Fewer birth canal injuries, vagina, perineum and vulva .
  • The buoyancy lessens her body weight, allows free movement and new positioning.
  • Buoyancy promotes more efficient uterine contractions and better blood circulation, resulting in better oxygenation of the uterine muscles, less pain for the mother, and more oxygen for the baby.
  • Immersion in water often helps lower high blood pressure caused by anxiety.
  • Water seems to alleviate stress-related hormones, allowing the mother’s body to produce endorphins, which are pain-inhibitors.
  • Water causes the perineum to become more elastic and relaxes the pelvic floor muscles, which reduces the incidence and severity of tearing and the need for an episiotomy and stitches.
  • Reduction of labor length.
  • As the laboring women relaxes physically she is able to relax mentally, concentrating her efforts inward on the birth process.
  • The water provides a sense of privacy, which releases inhibitions, anxiety, and fears.
  • Reduction of Cesareans.
    Less blood loss during the birth due to deeper relaxation resulting in hormones such as Oxytocin kicking in quicker.
  • Helps to relieve anxiety and promote focusing inward, as labor becomes more intense.
  • Moist air assist better breathing for mother specifically if asthmatic
  • Facilitates a dysfunctional labor by stimulating dilation of cervix.
  • Can speed up normal labors, sometimes resulting in less than a two to four-hour birth in total.
  • Effective tool to easing the woman into and through transition to pushing

Benefits for Baby:

  • More blood to baby due to better blood circulation in mother.
  • Provides a similar environment as the amniotic sac.
  • Eases the stress of the birth, providing reassurance and security.
  • Less problems with breastfeeding after birth.
  • Less trauma to mother means less trauma to baby.

Grapevine Birthing Center  has very beautiful birthing tubs in each birth room.  Click here to take a tour, (http://www.grapevinebirthingcenter.com/#!grapevine-birth-center-tour/c1yi). Tubs are also available for rent for those who desire a water birth or a tub for relaxation during labor, if you choose a home water birth in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

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