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.