5 Things You Should Know About A Water Birth

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If you are currently pregnant, you may be thinking about having a water birth. Although they are less common than traditional births in a hospital setting, they can provide many benefits. However, it is important to educate yourself about the process to make sure it is the right choice for you. 

Here are a few things you should know about water births.

Water Births Are Typically Less Expensive

If you choose to have a water birth, you will likely save money. These births are less expensive than traditional hospital births because they do not take as much time to complete and require fewer interventions. Ask your health insurance company if they cover water births. 

Water Births Are Relaxing

One of the biggest benefits of water births is that they're much more relaxing than traditional births. As you submerge yourself in the tub, you will immediately feel calmer and can move around more freely. You may also experience fewer, less painful contractions in the water.

Not Everyone Is a Good Candidate for Water Births

Unfortunately, water births are not for everyone. For example, if you have a chronic health condition, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, you may have a high-risk pregnancy, and a water birth may not be appropriate. Ask your doctor if it is safe for you to have a water birth or not.

You Can Deliver the Placenta Out of the Tub

When it comes to time to deliver the placenta, you are allowed to get out of the water. For example, the water might get too cold or dirty after a while, and you do not want to be in there anymore. If this is the case, your midwife might have you lie down on a towel right outside the tub.

You Can Have a Water Birth in Multiple Places

You can have a water birth at home, in a birthing center, or in certain hospitals. However, understand that many hospitals aren't equipped to deal with water births. If you want to have your water birth at home, you should get a thermometer to check what the water temperature is. The temperature should typically be between 95 and 100 degrees.

As you can see, there is a lot to learn about water births. If you are thinking about having a water birth and have additional questions, you should speak to a midwife as soon as possible.


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