Water Birth

At Stand & Deliver you may choose to birth in the water.

We believe that when done safely, water birth is a beneficial mode of birth for both mother and baby. It allows relaxation and a reduction in needs for medical intervention. The American College of Nurse-Midwives and evidence-based practice research also supports the safety of water and birth. Once a laboring woman enters the water, she rarely wants to get out.

What To Expect

  • Relaxation for the mother due to warm water muscle relaxation and less pressure on the abdomen and uterus with contractions.

  • Less or no need for medical intervention.

  • Support and equal pressure on all parts of your body. You can easily change positions to find one that is the most comfortable.

  • Lower adrenaline (fight or flight response) levels, which theoretically results in better oxytocin and oxygen flow to you and increased blood supply to the uterus. As a result, contractions can be more efficient and baby receives more oxygen.

  • You can find a comfortable position more efficiently. Relax the pelvic floor to ease the descent of the baby through the birth canal.

  • Gentle transition for the baby as it is almost an exact replica of the womb environment: wet, warm, weightless and gentle.

  • Reduced risk of severe tearing and skin tissue trauma.

How Safe Is Water Birth?

  • It is believed that one of the main triggers for the newborn taking their first breath is contact with cool air.

  • Before birth, the baby receives oxygen through the umbilical cord. When the baby is born in the water, he/she still receives oxygen from the cord attached to the placenta, and is gently brought to the surface and into mom’s chest.

  • The baby’s first breath will happen in the mother’s arms, decreasing the trauma caused by the very first breath.

  • The tubs are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, between each birth and each mother will have their own individual sterile liner.

  • The midwives carry a waterproof Doppler, which allows them to regularly check your baby’s heart rate and be sure baby is doing well without mom having to exit the tub.

  • The latest research shows water birth is just as safe as land birth. You can read the study below.