Experiencing a Waterbirth
During a waterbirth, the mother gives birth in a soothing waterbirth tub. She may also spend part of her labor in the tub. The tub is larger and deeper than our previous waterbirth tub - offering more space for the mother to try a variety of differnt positions during labor and delivery.
Comfort and mobility
The mother has a great ease and freedom to move spontaneously and to change position, which can assist the descent of the baby.
Reducation of pressure on the abdomen
Buoyancy promotes efficient uterine contractions and blood circulation, resulting in good oxygenation of the urterin muscles, reduced pain for mother and increased oxygen for the baby.
Helps mother conserve her energy
Immersion reduces opposition to gravity; the water supports the mother's weight so that her energy can be used to cope with the contractions.
Promotes deep relaxation
As a woman relaxes deeply in water, her hormones kick in and she starts progressing faster and with rhythm; labor becomesmore efficient. Water helps to relax the pelvic floor muscles and minimizes pain so effectively that for some women other pain control methods are not needed or reduced.
Water can reduce the need for drugs to artificially stimulate labor. Often, simply getting into the tub will result in dramatic and rapic progress to full dilation.
Lowering blood pressure
When anxiety is causing high blood pressure, immersion in water often helps lower it.
Facilitates the second stage of labor
Some mothers are less inhibited in the water. The water can soften the vagina, vulva and perineum, leading to fewer injuries to these tissues.
Empowerment of the mother
When a woman delivers her baby while remaining awake and unmedicated, award and in control, it enhances the birth experience for her and becomes a source of personal strength and power that enriches her life.
Enhanced family relationships
When the mother's pain is dramatically reduced, many fathers eagerly take a more active role in the delivery, resulting in a greater family bond. When fathers are more involed it increases the possibility of a joyous birth. Both parents and the child get to share in a wondrous experience that can enhance their relationships with each other.
Private inpatient rooms feature garden views, guest accomodations, dining menu room services for patients and guests, wireless internet, and flat screen TVs. Patients are even able to welcome visits from the family pet.
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