Underwater birth beneficial for mother & baby

Underwater birth is a gentle birth choice because it is beneficial for both mother & baby. In this technique the delivery occur while mother is submerged in water. This method is gaining popularity & increased acceptability. This revolutionary method of baby birth owes its origin to the obstetrician Igor. Certain times this method can pose threat to the new born in the form of aspiration & water inhalation.

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Quite favorable for the baby : Under water birth method is quite favorable for the baby since the stressful exercise the child goes through during his passage through the birth canal is significantly eased as when the process takes place under water which is tepid, the transition of the baby from the birth canal to the outside world is smooth. The baby feels the water as if he is swimming in his mother’s womb.

A form of Hydrotherapy : The under water birth which is a form of Hydrotherapy seems to be benefited as the pain threshold accompanied with labour & delivery are effectually reduced. In this method many women who complain of low back ache during & after delivery is especially decreased. . Women experienced definite relief from this method in pain, function, affect, joint mobility &strength especially in women who fall under older age bracket.

Decreased perception of pain : Women perceived decreased perception of pain with no evidence in regards to association of poor neonatal outcome. Submergence in water has an instant soothing effect facilitating maternal physiological responses, lowering pain, increased blood flow which helps release essential hormones.

This method also helps widen the maternal pelvic muscles & helps create gravitational pull, thus initiating ease in delivery, reduced wear & tear of maternal tissue, reduced maternal blood pressure & consequent decreased blood loss. By seeing the positive aspects of this birth technique, it can be said that woman should opt this technique for delivering the baby.


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