About Waterbirths

More and more women are discovering how wonderful a bath of warm water can be during labor and birth. Relaxing in warm water to relieve discomfort has been used for everything from backaches and other sore muscles to stress and menstrual pain.

Many women have discovered the benefits of laboring and birthing in water. Warm water envelops the body, which creates a weightless feeling and lessens the sensation of the contractions. As the body relaxes, adrenaline levels are lowered and endorphins are released; these hormonal painkillers reduce stress and lessen pain, allowing both physical and mental relaxation.

Warm water increases venous pressure so that veins can return blood to the heart more efficiently and your baby receives more oxygen. It enhances cardiac action and slows the pulse rate. Total relaxation in the warmth and comfort of the water helps the uterus contract more effectively. Water also counteracts the force of gravity and any pressure a woman feels inside her body, creating a further pain relieving effect. Most women find their ability to concentrate is improved, allowing them to focus inward on the birth process. This promotes the progression of labor, making it easier, shorter and even more enjoyable.

Laying in water helps mothers surrender to the birth process and become deeply centered. It can create a feeling of tranquility and instinctive state of mind.

Advantages of a Waterbirth:

    • Relieves pain
    • Greater comfort and mobility for the mother
    • More efficient labor
    • Less energy wasted
    • Easier breathing ability due to water vapor
    • Provides the mother with privacy, so she feels less inhibited which shortens labor and birth
    • Lowers blood pressure
    • Less perineal tearing
    • Creates a gentle transition for the baby
    • Reduces interventions
    • Creates a feeling of weightlessness and gives support to tense muscles
    • Mother feels involved with the birth and gains a sense of accomplishment
    • Babies born into water have a gentler birth experience

If your birthing plans include a waterbirth, Jamin, Chrisi, and La Shel are highly experienced in the process and recognize the many advantages of water to both mother and baby. They strongly support and encourage your choice for a waterbirth and will help you prepare for the experience at home or Babies in Bloom birth center.

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With unique and extensive medical backgrounds and comprehensive experience, they will evaluate available methodologies in order to provide and enable you with the safest and most rewarding prenatal, birthing and postpartum experiences.

Please contact San Diego Midwife at (760) 936-4165 or email info@sandiegomidwife.com with any questions and to schedule your free consultation. Please include your phone number if you would like a call back. The office is located at Indigo Dragon 451 La Veta Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024.