WHAT IS A WATER BIRTH?

Imagine slipping into a nice warm bath. Your body relaxes, aches and pain melt away and all is right in the world.

That feeling of zen and comfort is exactly what a water birth aims to replicate … with just a few extra distractions.

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WHY CHOOSE A WATER BIRTH?

Whether you actually deliver in the tub or simply use it for pain relief during labor, the option of having a water birth is an integral part of choosing a home birth.

Soaking in warm water has been proven to have a relaxing and soothing effect on the body, easing tense muscles and reducing the pain, anxiety and stress hormones associated with contractions.

A warm bath also promotes the natural production of endorphins (your body’s natural pain killer) and oxytocin (the “love” hormone), which encourages contractions. Additionally, the warm water supports the stretching of your perineum, which helps reduce tearing during birth.

Another advantage of a water birth is the buoyancy of the water, which provides a wider range of movement and helps you get into a comfortable and balanced position for delivery.

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