Water birthing is a common name given to the method of giving birth underwater. The birth itself does not have to occur underwater in order for the birth to be considered a water birth. Water can be used as a tool in the labor and delivery process and the method could still be considered a water birth.
France was the first recorded country to practice water birth in 1803 followed by Germany in 1805. It is difficult to identify when water birthing first began in the United States because it started with couples giving birth at home. Click at http://lamidwifecollective.com/ to get more information about Water Birth.
It has since moved to being an accepted practice in medical environment which includes hospitals and free-standing birthing centers. The UK reports over three-fourths of all National Health Services Hospitals practice this method of childbirth.
Claimed benefits for baby
• The birth process in itself is believed to be strenuous for the baby. Warm water is thought to resemble the atmosphere in the womb thus making the transition from the womb to the world less stressful.
• The umbilical cord has the opportunity to pulsate longer allowing the removal of damaged red blood cells and replacement of fresh undamaged, red blood cells. This increases the transmission of fetal stem cells.
• Interaction between mother and baby is increased because the mother is more easily able to move and make eye contact with her baby.