Millions of women bring new life into this world every day and it is absolutely magical. However, despite all the magic, it is also uncomfortable and in many cases, extremely painful. Ask any mother, labour is no joke. And no boys, it’s certainly not like ‘getting kicked between your legs’ (not even close). To make this process more comfortable, women have started considering water birthing. We recently had a question on water births on Malini’s Girl Tribe on Facebook and thought we should explore it further.
According to a study, water birth is when a person remains in the water during the pushing phase and the actual birth of the baby. The baby is then brought to the surface of the water after he or she is born. To put it simply, giving birth to your baby while submerged in a pool of water. In most cases, the pool is an inflatable tub of sorts. This practice has been followed by many women, including actor Kalki Koechlin.
Absolutely! Evidence from the Cochrane Review suggests that water births reduced the pain, time in labour and amount of epidural needed by the mothers. It didn’t show any evidence of increased risk or complications either. If the mother and child have no previous complications, water birthing can be a safe and relaxing experience for them.
Many women worry about their baby not being able to breathe underwater, but that is not the case. Research proves that when the baby is born in the water, he/she is still under the influence of the mother’s hormones and the primary source of oxygen is the umbilical cord. So no, the baby will not drown or suffocate during birth.
According to an article by the Sita Ram Bhatia Institute of Science and Research, there are multiple benefits of giving birth in water:
You can read more about the benefits here!
While water birthing has proven benefits, there are a few risks involved, as well. However, these are proven to be quite unlikely. According to an article by Pristyn Care, the risks of water birthing are:
While this decision should be made by you and your doctor and under medical advice, there are a few red flag medical conditions that could make water births a bad option for you. According to an article by Baby Center, the following medical conditions are risky for water birthing:
Again, the risks are based on medical articles and not meant to be a decision-maker. Please consult your doctor before making any decisions.
Water birthing is more than a social media trend, and its benefits have been coming to light. In India, awareness for water births is increasing and more women are considering it in lieu of hospital birth. Whether you’re opting for a water birth, home birth or hospital birth, you are still bringing a life into this world and it is an absolute miracle.
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