Birth, Bath, and Beyond: The Science and Safety of Waterbirth

Waterbirth is more than a fad or trend – it is evidence-based practice in hospitals, birth centers, and home birth throughout the world. Relaxing in water during labor eases discomfort and creates a gentler birth process.

The benefits of warm water immersion in labor and birth have been studied for over three decades. This course will explain why to integrate water immersion as a comfort measure during birth and highlight the benefits of waterbirth as part of a gentle birth approach to maternity care. Special emphasis is given on newborn transitional physiology, the latest research and the impact of the ACOG opinion. The science and safety of birth in water include: Mobility, Intimacy, Research, Consciousness, and Fetal and Newborn Capabilities.

Barbara Harper is an internationally recognized expert on waterbirth and Gentle Birth. Dedicating her life to changing the way we welcome babies into the world, over the past four decades, Barbara has worked as an OB and pediatric nurse, home birth midwife, midwifery instructor, doula and doula trainer, and childbirth instructor. She has used her vast experience to develop many unique seminars which she teaches within hospitals, midwifery and medical schools and community groups worldwide. She founded Waterbirth International in 1988, to ensure that waterbirth is an “available option” for all women.

Continuing Education Units: One (1) ICEA Contact Hour, One (1) R-CERP