Family Birth Services is one of the few centers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area that offer the option of giving birth in one of our birthing pools at the center or in your home tub.
Benefits of a Water Birth
The birth will occur in soothing, warm water, deep enough to completely submerge the mother's abdomen. The water makes the transition from the warm, calm environment of the womb less traumatic for the newborn as well as helping to ease the stress on the mother’s body during labor and delivery. This method is often chosen by women who wish to have a natural childbirth experience, free of narcotic pain medications or epidurals.
The water’s buoyancy helps the mother’s body to reduce the stress brought on by labor contractions. The warm water helps to relieve much of the pain and discomfort. This is beneficial as it decreases stress on the mother and the baby. It has been shown to be a safe means of labor and delivery which also helps the body and the mind to avoid a significant amount of trauma and anxiety, neither of which are good for mother or baby.
The buoyancy of the water also affords the mother the ability to easily change positions during labor, helping to ease the pain and stress according to those who have undergone this type of delivery. There is some recent evidence showing that the first stages of labor have been decreased by an average of approximately 32 minutes using this method with no adverse effects whatsoever to mother or baby.
Studies have also shown a decrease in the duration of third-stage labor (delivery of the placenta), as well as fewer episiotomies being necessary. An episiotomy is a small surgical incision of the tissue between the vagina and the rectum to assist in the delivery. The greatest benefits of water birth are:
Water Birth Myths
There are a number of myths associated with this birthing method. The most common is that there is a risk of the newborn ingesting water and drowning. As with each of our labor and delivery methods, our highly-skilled and licensed caregivers are present throughout the entire birthing process to ensure the complete safety of both the mother and child.
Once the baby has been delivered the caregiver will either remove the infant’s face from the water herself or she will instruct the mother or another helper to do so immediately. At no time is the baby fully submerged in the water for a length of time that could be dangerous.
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Our birth team assists in every step of the water birthing process, which includes exams of both mother and child and skin-to-skin bonding and nursing within an hour following the birth. They provide mother and baby with a soothing herbal bath afterward, and they clean up everything once they have seen to the comfort and needs of mother and child.
To learn more about the excellent level of care our midwives will provide both you and your baby during this special time, call our office today.
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