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Water Birth - what are the benefits?

I never planned a WATER BIRTH, I certainly didn’t plan to birth both my girls in water. The idea initially seemed really odd but once I was in there I didn’t want to get out. As soon as I entered that warm water, I felt my body instinctively relaxed and we all know how beneficial being relaxed during labour is to the muscles of the uterus. πŸ”‘ Research shows women who have water births have drug free births. For me I tried gas and air at one point when in labour with Jorja but the breathing technique was different to what I had been doing. In the second stage of labour at that point I decided just to keep going without it. . The benefits to a woman in labour in water are: . πŸ› Increases privacy and there is an argument to say it may also be a subconscious symbol of a womb like environment. . πŸ› Provides significant pain relief. . πŸ› Reduces the need for drugs and interventions. . πŸ› Encourages a woman’s sense of control in labour. . πŸ› Facilitates mobility and enables a woman to adopt optimal positions for an active birth. . πŸ› Speeds up labour. . πŸ› Promotes relaxation and conserves energy. . πŸ› Helps to reduce tearing. . πŸ› Is rated highly by mothers and midwives. . πŸ› Encourages an easier birth for the mum and a gentler welcome for the baby. . I’ve had two water births so I have nothing to compare it to but it is believed that when using water, the contractions become more efficient and more manageable, making birth a more positive experience. .

Are you planning a water birth? Have you had one in the past? Share your thoughts in the comments below πŸ‘‡πŸ» Any questions for me, please get in touch.



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