What Is Water Birth – Process – Pros & Cons

Childbirth need not be associated with indescribable pain.  Already popular in the West, water birth in India is emerging as a promising alternative to painful traditional delivery methods. Water is soothing, relaxing, relatively painless, needs minimal medical intervention and is an ideal medium to bring a child into the world.
I doubt any pregnant woman will deny the fact that they all get paranoid with fear about giving birth.  As D-day approaches it gets worse.  Expectant mothers need to be reassured that nature has given them what ever they need to give birth. In an operation theatre, the very atomosphere is enough for shock and panic to set in. Water birth reduces this drastically by minimising the doctors role and empowering the mother to take charge of the situation.   There is no induction, no pain medication of any kind, no IV lines and no episiotomies.  The doctor is by your side of course through the entire process.  Just remember nothing comes easy and one has to prepare for it in advance.

Let me take you through this porcedure.  First you gotta have a pool so a plastic or in most facilities the delivery room is equipped with a built in tub that  generally has a capacity of about 600 litres or more or water.  It is big enough to accomodate  the mother comfortably. The water is hygenic and sometimes even filled with packaged drinking water. The water is deep enough so the question of the newborn drowning does not arise.

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Can you recall how you feel when you get into a pool? Close your eyes and imagine it. Did you feel instant weightlessness?  UMMMMMM imagine having to deliver a baby in that condition.  Feels nice already???  Exactly. See the warm water raises the temperature of the body and helps increase blood circulation. It also eases muscular tension.  Any midwife will tell you the more relaxed you are the better your uterus contracts. A rested and calm mind stimulates the release of endorphins, natural painkillers in the body thus making contractions more efficient and leading to a relatively short labour….

As for the baby you see is already in water in the womb correct?  So it is basically moving from the amniotic fluid to another fluid which iswater.  The child will not choke as it is not breathing in water. The umbilical cord is not cut immediately and the baby receives oxygen from the mother’s body.  The entire delivery is much more relaxing for both the mother and child and the entire process is comparitively shorter than normal.

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There are always some exceptions.  Not all women who opt for water birth go through it successfully.  There is no guarantee and the best of normal birth and the most healthy of women and the best of pregnancies can end up as C-sections. You can step in a pool and then step out and deliver.

Do speak to your doctor about the possibilities of Water birth…It may be just the thing for you!

Do you know any one who chose water birth delivery option ?

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  1. Navneet Thethi says:

    great post Ana..

  2. Very informative and well explained Ana! I have seen this procedure on one of the internatinal channels..I forgot where..but i think its a great alternative to the normal delivery method

  3. christina says:

    there was a british Mid wife in kuwait who used to assist women….with water birth. I had seen the entire thing once when I was bout 19…The entire family of this german mother was there for it. Of course no one was like peeping and she didn’t have a problem with every one being around. Of course She had to push and all but it was a relatively less painful delivery compared to the C section cum uterus removal and normal delivery I witnessed this year.

    Only thing is the pool gets red with blood and stuff n then it feels like a shark attack but otherwise its a good atmosphere n something I hope women will go for because I think that is the way child birth should be.

    This Damn C Section is become a money making racket and with doctors these day fattening the baby also so that C section will have to be performed…. my nieghbour said they made her come for oxygen daily and then someone told her that it was a cover up to fatten the child!!!! how horrible.

  4. i saw a water birth vid just out of curiosity and i showed it to my mom too! she went pale after seeing the water all red! it was as if the woman was attcked by a shark!

  5. Very well written n well researched post Anamika

  6. I rememba seeing this in some moie and it was soooo fascinating…it just seems t be a cleaner way of giving birth…atleastu won’t feel ki after pushing n sweating!

  7. zee u will go for it 😀

  8. I have been a silent reader of this blog I like it a lot.couldn’t help commenting on this.No type of birthing can give a normal if there is a pevic disproportion or any maternal or foetal problems.water birth ,hypnosis etc can alleviate the pain n uphold morale. Given the lifestyle changes definitely c-section rates have increased.
    And no one can argue that the foetal and maternal deaths have come down becoz of the facilities.and as they say in andhra giving birth is punarjanma(rebirth) whether normal or c s. What say Ana……

  9. Sorry no one can argue with the fact that……………..

  10. I m 34 weeks pregnant…
    I m so much exicited to see my 4 kg child!!!!
    What precorsion should I hv take???
    I like ur every blog anna….

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