Create: 06/25/2016 - 12:15
Water birth has become an established practice in parts of the United States where midwifery is strong and natural childbirth is popular. It is also gaining momentum in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Germany.
Advocates of water birth say that it is safe, offering Mom drug free pain relief and better oxygenation during labor and a calm, peaceful entrance into the world for baby as the warm water simulates the intrauterine environment.
In addition, the umbilical cord pulsates longer after a water birth, helping to remove damaged red blood cells from the baby’s circulation which reduces the risk or neonatal jaundice.