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Water Birth

Since some years it is possible to give birth in a bath, we have extensive experience in this.

Giving birth in warm water

Giving birth in warm water is a positive experience for many women. During dilation the warm water supports, encapsulates and relaxes you. The warm water makes is easier to endure the increasingly stronger contractions. Relaxing in between contractions is also easier which leaves you with more energy for the actual childbirth.

As a midwife we would like to give you the opportunity to give birth in bath and we will gladly participate in this.

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Advantages of water birth:

  • Relaxing effect, the more you relax, the more endorfine you body produces. This natural pain reliever makes you more able to cope with contractions. In general, this speeds up the dilation process.
  • Soothing effect, the warm water functions as a natural was of pain relief. Water birth is also recommended when you are suffering from back complaints, pelvic pain and/or other physical discomforts.
  • Freedom of movement, you can move easily and change your posture in the water. In addition, you can rock back and forth in each position which makes it easier for the pelvic area to relax and let go.
  • Private and demarcated area, the bath is your space or cocoon. Comfortable, warm and safe.
  • Gradual transition, for the baby the transition to our world is more gradual. It does not feel cold in the water and light and sound stimuli are dampened.

Good to know:
It is convenient to have a water birth bath in your home from week 37.

Preparations

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Check whether the floor or level of your house is suited for a full water birth bath. In particular older houses or when giving birth on the first floor can sometimes be problematic. Our preference goes out to the ground floor when guiding a water birth.

Wait for the contractions to become more intense before entering the water. Then the relaxing and pain relieving effect of the water can do its job optimally.

If your waters are broken you can only enter the water when you are having intense contractions. Consult us first before you get into the water.

Practice setting up, filling up and emptying the bath together. Check which tap fits the fitting hose.

Delivering in the Spaarne Gasthuis water birth bath is only possible if you and the baby are both doing fine. If medical procedures are necessary the childbirth will be transferred to the hospital in which case a water birth is no longer possible. So don’t pin down into having a water birth too much. Consider it as one of the many possibilities that are at your disposal if circumstances are right.

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Requirements

To give birth in water you need a suitable water birth bath. You can either buy or rent this, we prefer the large(r) model given the freedom of movement for enduring contractions.

In addition, it is advisable to have:

  • A bed or couch next to the bath for when you get out of the bath after giving birth.
  • A bath thermometer to monitor the temperature.
  • Enough (large) bath towels and maybe a bathrobe at hand.
  • A groundsheet to protect the floor.
  • A large bowl to catch the placenta in the bath
  • Swimming attire for your partner if he/she wants to accompany you in the bath.
  • An eye mask for the bath in the hospital, unfortunately the light cannot be dimmed in the hospital.

A lot has been written on water births, we guide 60 water births on average per year so we are trained and very experienced in this. Should you like to learn more, please check Kiind or one of the website below.

Sources: www.oerbron.nl, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3982045/, https://kiind.nl/7-voordelen-van-een-badbevalling/
Photo’s: www.barensenberken.nl.
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