Waterbirth should be an option for all labouring women. Probably because we begin our lives surrounded by water, most people find great repose being in water. For thousands of years women have used water during labour and birthing, and find it’s relaxing and calming effect hugely beneficial. If Mum is relaxed, then baby is also. It is a beautiful, gentle, entry into the world for baby, coming from one water medium into another. It is a magic moment to observe a baby open their eyes underwater, as they are being born, looking relaxed and alert, eager to meet his Mum and Dad.
Birth Centres and homebirth are the most common options available to women who want this choice.
Not all midwives specialise in waterbirth and most obstetricians do not.
One of the many advantages is the birthing woman is in total control, as it is almost impossible for staff to have ‘hands on’ when a woman is fully immersed.
Shop around for a birthing facility that provides this service, and if your local hospital does not, then ask why not?