Water Births in Salt Lake City, UT
A water birth is a birthing method which allows you to deliver your baby in a large pool of warm water. This birthing plan offers increased comfort and better outcomes for labor and birth.
Your baby spent the previous nine months in an amniotic fluid sac. Birthing in water allows them to enter the world in a similar, gentler environment. Generally, birthing while immersed in water is less stressful for both mother and baby.
There are many more benefits to water birth, including:
- Pain and Anxiety Relief: The warm water can reduce stress-related hormones and increase the body’s production of natural endorphins. These endorphins act as mood stabilizers and pain-inhibitors to decrease stress, pain, and anxiety. When the mother feels more relaxed, she is better able to focus on the birth of her child.
- Buoyancy: Water makes you feel lighter and reduces feelings of pressure. Weight reduction allows your body to find a more comfortable laboring position. Buoyancy is also linked to more efficient uterine contractions and improved blood circulation. This translates into more oxygen for mother and baby.
- Better Movement: Because the mother is lighter in the water, she is more able to find a comfortable labor position. What’s more, the freedom of movement can decrease the sensation of pain
- Reduced tearing: When you submerge yourself in water, the perineum — the flat skin located directly below the vulva — becomes more elastic. This elasticity lowers the incidence and severity of tearing, minimizing the need for an episiotomy or stitches.
- Lower Blood Pressure: Blood pressure can spike due to increased anxiety. With the immersion of a water birth, the mother is generally calmer, lowering the chance of increased blood pressure.
- Increased Energy: While you won’t want to make plans to run a marathon right after you deliver, we see an increase in energy for women who choose water births in the later stages of labor. Increased buoyancy — caused by the water — means you don’t need to support your body’s full weight and gives you the ability to enjoy a relaxing float in between contractions.
- Baby Friendly Environment: Water birth provides an environment similar to that of the amniotic sack. This environment eases the stress of birth and gives your baby a greater sense of security. For an infant, exiting the womb doesn’t trigger breathing, so there is no need to worry about your baby’s ability to breath while underwater. Instead, babies begin to breath when they feel a temperature change. If you stay submerged throughout the birthing process, your baby will receive plenty of oxygen from the umbilical cord.
All forms of childbirth have associated risks. However, the misconception regarding the increased risk of infection during water birth has been debunked. Additionally, we know the correct temperature to keep the water in your tub. That way you and your baby aren’t at risk for dehydration or overheating. An ideal temperature of birthing pools is 97 degrees, keeping the environment as similar to the baby’s environment as possible.
Despite a large number of benefits, we never recommend having a water birth without the help of a practiced professional, such as a midwife or doula. During our assistance with your water birth, we properly sterilize the environment and frequently check for signs of complications.
Is Water Birth Right for You?
We only deliver low-risk pregnancies at the Wasatch Midwifery and Wellness Birth Center, as we constantly monitor you and your baby for unexpected complications. A few reasons why you may not be a good candidate for a water birth include conditions like preeclampsia, diabetes, birthing multiples, premature births, large babies, or an existing infection.
Don’t choose your birthing plan on a whim. We are happy to go over all the benefits and risks of water births with you. We invite you to visit our birth center and see the water birth pools and beautiful suites for yourself. Call us today at (385) 237-1568 to speak with a birthing expert.