Here are some of the benefits of a water birth:
- Water has a relaxing effect on mother and baby
- Water displaces gravitational pressures of contractions
- Water reduces the need for pain relief
- Water softens the skin on the perineum prior to birth
Find out what the policy is on water birth in the hospital where you plan to birth your baby. Even if you can't deliver your baby in water, you can still enjoy all of the above mentioned benefits until it's time to push.
Notice the cord visible from under the towell to the exterior of the tub? This is a doppler or external fetal monitor that allows my birth team to listen to the baby's heart beat continuously or intermittently as your provider requires. I am holding the monitor in place without the discomfort of bands secured on my abdomen.