Water birth is one of the most modern and discussed ways of birth nowadays.
If you decided to give birth in water is necessary prior consultation with a specialist obstetrician, to determine whether this method carries risks in your case. After consultation the team will take you in a specially equipped room for water birth.
The medical team will allow you to get in the bath only after contractions become regular and frequent and you got five centimeters dilated and having considered all the risks. Until then, you will be in normal maternity bed.
If everything goes normally, you can soak in a bath. You will have the opportunity to relax and choose the most comfortable position for you.
Water will help you more easily overcome the pain of labor and delivery.
In the tub you can stay in and pushing the baby out.
It is not necessarily the whole birthing process should to be in the tub. At your desire you can stay there only for the duration of contractions and the baby to be born “dry”. Another option is to stay in bed until you get full disclosure and birth take place in the tub.
Delivery of the placenta takes place outside the tub. It is rich in blood vessels are torn when removed from the uterus and starts bleeding.
In the bath there is a danger of hot water bleeding to intensify.
Benefits of Water Birth
Hot tub will give you the opportunity to live a really mild birth. Water is a natural environment that will help you relax and unwind.
The temperature is maintained in the bath is about 37 degrees; it is possible to reach 39 degrees, if that is your wish. The water creates favorable conditions for muscle relaxation.
The warmth relaxes pelvic, back and abdominal muscles and stimulates the production of the hormone oxytocin, which strengthens contractions and labor process is shortened.
This pain is more easily tolerated, but the baby will be less burdensome to pass through the narrow birth canal. Risk of rupture at birth in water is less, because of possible allocations of the pelvic floor muscles. As the baby passes its natural aquatic environment to water, the risk of it is smaller.
When you cannot bear give birth in water
If the baby is breech located. Then it takes a lot more manual assistance from the lead obstetrician for the removal of the baby that cannot be done in the bathtub.
If you have a narrow pelvis. This can lead to possible complications and the use of forceps or a vacuum.
If you have skin or vaginal infections. In water, they can scatter and infect the baby.
If you have high blood pressure. Long stay in hot water can further increase blood pressure, which is risky at birth.
If the baby is too large. If you expect your baby is over 4 kg, the risk of rupture, complications, even cesarean.
If you expect twins.
If you previously gave birth by cesarean indications such as perennial narrow pelvis, for example. If surgery was required because perishable indications (such as complications occurring during childbirth), at the discretion of the medical team second birth can take place in water.
If the previous section was for less than 2 years
If there is least likely to be needed caesarian section.
If there is request for epidural or spinal anesthesia.