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If you have been anywhere near any of the social media sites lately, you would have seen waterbirth videos being shared countless times. Have you wondered if it is an option that you should explore? Then, here is everything you wanted to know about water birth, along with its benefits and risks.
The popularity of water births arises from the fact that the baby has been in amniotic fluid for nine months and birthing in a similar environment feels gentler for the baby. In any scenario, an obstetrician, a midwife, and/or a doctor need to supervise the delivery.
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Waterbirth refers to the act of spending either part or all of your labor and delivery in a pool of water. A woman about to have a water birth would sit in a pool filled with warm water during her labor and delivery. This is usually done at home as it is not yet quite popular in India, but in western countries, many birthing centers and hospitals also provide the option of water births.
Water births are believed to be less stressful for mothers. This has led many experts in the field to believe that water births can help prevent many fetal complications, explaining the rise in popularity.
The advocates for water births claim that there are plenty of benefits for choosing water birth. Some of these benefits are:
Waterbirth is something that has gained popularity in the last three decades. Owing to this, there is limited research done on the risks associated with water births. Some of the risk factors you need to consider are:
This completely depends on what you and your partner want. Since water births are not hugely popular in India, you might have to convince your parents and relatives that you are indeed taking the right step. It also depends on where you are giving birth. Since hospitals in India do not usually provide this option, home is your best bet. You need to assess how soon you can get to a hospital in case of an emergency.
In any case, you should NOT go for a water birth in the following cases:
Have a detailed discussion with your doctor before you make a decision. Good luck!
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