Birthing and Relaxation: Not Mutually Exclusive
Giving Moms a Helping Hand
Studies Support Doulas' Role
The Wetter, the Better
- Less discomfort —In water, the mother can move into any position that makes her comfortable. This may encourage an easier birth.
- Less trauma —Proponents of waterbirths also believe the method is less traumatic for babies.
- Smoother transition —The easier transition is partly a response to the relaxed state of the mother, and partly due to water's insulating effects. The water environment is similar to the uterus. This helps muffle sound and keeps out harsh light, which keeps the baby comfortable.
Caution Regarding Waterbirthing
Pain, Pain, Go Away
Have It Your Way
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- Review Date: 06/2015 -
- Update Date: 10/03/2013 -
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