Water birth is a concept which has become the biggest sensation as it offers a different revolutionary method of giving birth to a child. It is a method of giving birth which involves being immersed in water. Various protagonists and medical institutes vouch for this method and the benefits it offers to both mother and the infant. Despite being unconventional many women have been considering the option of water birth.
Water birth is a latest phenomenon which offers a chance to the mom-to-be to relax and recover from the physical angst which comes with the pain of contractions. Being submerged in water helps the mother to take time needed for opening and stretching muscles and tissues. The mother also has the benefit of to move and change position which would assist her in descending the infant.
Being immersed in water also helps in opposing the gravitational forces as it supports the mother’s weight which further means that the saved energy can be used for coping with the contractions. The water also benefits the mother by relaxing the pelvic floor muscles along with stimulating the touch and temperature nerve fibers in the skin. All these help the mother to relax and focus on the labor in a more progressive manner.
Medical theories have proved that newborn babies make strong forceful movements of their own accord and as they come to the surface they should be immediately lifted so that the infants’ body is clear of the water. Doctors allow the partner to be present during the water birth so that the child is welcomed by both the parents with a skin to skin cuddle.
It is highly advisable to go in for water birth only after the doctor permits so otherwise complications may step in. It is also important to select a hospital which offers the water birth facility and has medically trained staff available during the process.