Water Birth: What is it all about?

Labour and Childbirth

Water Birth: What is it all about?

Water birth is a new evolving child birth concept in India while it is a widely preferred option in abroad. Water birth is a process in which the mother undergoes at least a part of labour, child birth or both while she is in a warm water pool. The hospitals that offer water birth service provides a home like setting for the expectant mothers; however, there are only few hospitals in India which has ‘water birth’ option.

Benefits of Water Birth

  • It helps to speed up your labour
  • It eases labour pain and helps you avoid anesthesia
  • The floating water helps to easily change the body positions during labour and child birth
  • The soothing effect of warm water relaxes the body and makes the pregnant women feel more in control
  • It may lower the chances of severe vaginal tearing during childbirth
  • It is also believed that water birth improves the blood flow to the uterus which in turn helps in fast and efficient contractions
  • When the body is relaxed, it releases stress related hormones which reduces fear and stress level

Risks Involved in Water Birth

There are few rare possibilities of risk involved in water birth process:

  • You baby might develop infection.
  • The baby’s body temperature could be too low or too high
  • The baby might breathe in bath water
  • There are rare chances of seizure or difficulty in breathing

To avoid all the above risk possibilities, spend the first part of the labour and delivery in the water tub till the cervix dilates completely and then move to the hospital bed during childbirth.

Who should avoid water birth? It is necessary to consult your gynecologist before opting for water birth. This will help you understand the benefits and complications involved in this process based on your health and pregnancy. Expectant mothers with the following conditions should avoid water birth:


  • Pregnant women with diabetes, preeclampsia, infection, twins or multiple babies
  • When the mother is younger than 17 years or older than 35 years
  • If the baby is bigger in size or in breach condition
  • If the baby is premature


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