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Today more and more women are making the decision to experience a calm birth in their own home. When you labour and birth in your own home, you are in control of your environment giving you a feeling of safety and empowerment. Using a birthing pool has many advantages, in addition to pain relief it enables you to have easier mobility to obtain a position that is right for you. Other advantages include a reduction in the likelihood of tearing, increased relaxation and the possibility of making birth a more comfortable and even a sensual event.

The great advantage of planning a water birth at home, as opposed to in a hospital or birth centre, is that you know the birth pool will be available when you want it and that nobody else will be using it.

Entering the birth pool during labour helps you to relax: reducing levels of stress hormones in your body, lowering heart rate and blood pressure, decreasing your respiratory rate and requiring you to consume less oxygen. Water helps warm up your uterus as labour progresses, reducing cramps and tiredness. It helps relax the pelvic floor muscles and it also helps soften the perineum thus reducing the risk of tearing.

The History of Water Births

During the 1960s, Soviet researcher Igor Charkovsky undertook considerable research into the safety and possible benefits of water birth in the Soviet Union. In the late 1960s, a French obstetrician developed the practice of immersing newly-born babies in warm water to help ease the transition from the womb to the outside world.

 

Another French obstetrician took Leboyer's work further, using the warm-water birth pool for pain relief for the mother. When some women refused to get out of the water to finish giving birth, research began into the possible benefits for the baby of being born under water. By the late 1990s, thousands of women had given birth at his birthing centre in France and the notion of water birth had spread to many other Western Countries.

More than three-quarters of all NHS hospitals in the UK provide the use of water for labouring women.


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