If you’re considering
Waterbirth and would like some more information, you’ve come to the
right place. The majority of Waterbirths in the US are attended by a
Midwife. A beautiful, empowering birth begins with a Midwife and
finding one that you connect with is critical. The comprehensive,
exceptional care given by a Midwife is due to the Midwives Model of
Per the Midwives Alliance of North America: ”Midwives Model of Care™ Is Woman-Centered and is a fundamentally different approach to pregnancy and childbirth than contemporary obstetrics. Midwifery care is uniquely nurturing, hands-on care before, during, and after birth. Midwives are health care professionals specializing in pregnancy and childbirth who develop a trusting relationship with their clients, which results in confident, supported labor and birth. While there are different types of midwives practicing in various settings, all midwives are trained to provide comprehensive prenatal care and education, guide labor and birth, address complications, and care for newborns. The Midwives Model of Care™ is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life events.”
Where you birth depends on you and often on the services in your community. Waterbirth can be found at some Hospitals, most Birth Centers or at home. It all depends on what you desire, what is available in your community and your own financial constraints. There are homebirth studies that report equivalent safety and better outcomes than hospitalized birth. Most critical is finding a Care Provider that will support you at your chosen birth location.
If your heart is set on a Waterbirth and you are delivering in a hospital that has a rare occasion of natural birth and has never heard of Waterbirth, you are likely in for an uphill battle. Ironically, most Waterbirth hospitals started out just this way. Ask for what you want and be prepared with Waterbirth studies to back up your claims. For these types of situations, we highly recommend hiring a Doula to assist you and if needed, advocate for you during birth. For more in-depth information on Doulas, please visit Dona International. Studies show that women that employ a Doula have a better perceived birth experience.
Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for more information specific to Waterbirth.