Water Birth

What is the temperature of the water?

Posted by on Apr 10, 2010 in Water Birth

Water should be monitored at a temperature that is comfortable for the mother, usually between 95-100 degrees Fahrenheit. Water temperature should not exceed 101 degrees Fahrenheit as it could lead to an increase in the mother's body temperature which could cause the baby's heart rate to increase. It is a good idea to have plenty of water to drink and cold cloths for the mother's face and neck. A cool facial mist from a spray bottle is a welcome relief for some mothers as well.

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What is the risk of infection?

Posted by on Apr 10, 2010 in Water Birth

1960 American Journal of OB/GYN. Dr. Siegel posed the question, “Does bath water enter the vagina?” In his experiment he placed sterile cotton tampons into thirty women and then asked them to bathe in iodinated water for a minimum of fifteen minutes. In all cases when the tampons were removed, there was no iodine present. His conclusion states, “We can now stop restricting women from bathing in the later stages of pregnancy and labor.” Janet Rush, RN, and her Canadian group of investigators have conducted the only randomized controlled trial of the effects of water...

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How long is baby in the water after the birth?

Posted by on Apr 10, 2010 in Water Birth

At Charleston Birth Place we bring the baby out of the water within the first ten seconds after birth. There is no physiological reason to leave the baby under the water for any length of time. There are several water birth videos that depict leaving the baby under the water for several moments after birth and the babies are just fine. Physiologically, the placenta is supporting the baby with oxygen during this time though it can never be predicted when the placenta will begin to separate causing the flow of oxygen to baby to stop. The umbilical cord pulsating is not a guarantee that the baby...

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What prevents baby from breathing underwater?

Posted by on Apr 10, 2010 in Water Birth

There are four main factors that prevent the baby from inhaling water at the time of birth: 1. Prostaglandin E2 levels from the placenta which cause a slowing down or stopping of the fetal breathing movements. When the baby is born and the Prostaglandin level is still high, the baby's muscles for breathing simply don't work, thus engaging the first inhibitory response. 2. Babies are born experiencing mild hypoxia or lack of oxygen. Hypoxia causes apnea and swallowing, not breathing or gasping. 3. Water is a hypotonic solution and lung fluids present in the fetus are hypertonic. So,...

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Advantages:

Posted by on Apr 10, 2010 in Water Birth

May speed up labor Gives mother more feelings of control Provides moderate pain relief Promotes relaxation , conserving maternal energy Enables the mother to assume any position which is comfortable for labor and birth Gives mother a private protected space Is highly rated by mothers – typically stating they would consider giving birth in water again Is highly rated by experienced providers

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