Are Waterbirths Safe?
I had the most AMAZING training a few weeks ago with none other than, Barbara Harper, RN, CLD, CCCE, Midwife at Holistic South Pregnancy & Birth Center. I already knew I was in for a treat as my dear friend, nurse, and homebirth midwife Eunice Romero told me "You better go! It's so worth it"!
Here are and answers to many of your questions and some of the many benefits of a water birth- and YES it's safe.
if you're a candidate for a homebirth or birth center, you can use waterbirth
Woman that have no comorbidities and complications with their pregnancy can labor and give birth in a tub. If giving birth at home is not an option, there are a few hospitals that allow moms to labor in the tub, as it aides in reducing pain, fatigue, and discomfort. However, you may not be able to give birth in the tub, and the amount of time you spend there, may be limited.
Will my baby drown?
No! Here's why. Babies cannot neurologically, take a breath if they stay submerged under water after birth. NOW; HUGE disclaimer!!!! This does not mean, and I repeat, does NOT mean you should leave your baby under water, after birth for an extended period of time. After the placenta is delivered, you simply do not know, how much of an oxygen reserve they have. However, there is no rush to swiftly grab a baby from under the water as soon as they are born. This can lead to umbilical cord tears. Take your time. Be gentle. This is, after all, one of the advantages of birthing in a tub; the smooth and seamless transition from one aquatic world, to another.
How long should I stay in the tub?
In and out is best. 1-1.5 hours is sufficient. You still want the labor to progress.
How hot should the water be?
95 -99 degrees Fahrenheit. If it's too cold, you will lose body heat, and so will the baby. But if it's too hot, you'll begin to fatigue.
If you're thinking about including a tub in your next homebirth experience, I'd love to hear from you! Comment below, why you will or won't include a tub, in childbirth. Have more questions or need a doula in Miami? I am trained and certified in waterbirth and open to answering any questions you may have. You can fill out a contact form here and I'll get back to you!