Laboring and BirtHing in water

Gaia Midwives supports and offers hydrotherapy and water-birth for birthing persons with healthy, low-risk pregnancies.

The Benefits of Hydrotherapy and Water-Birth

  • Increased mobility

  • Reduced need for pain relieving medications

  • Lowered chance of episiotomy

  • Decreased chance of third- and fourth-degree perineal lacerations (tears)

  • Helps labor progress by helping birthing person to relax

  • Greater feelings of satisfying birth experience

  

Professional Recommendations

"Warm water immersion hydrotherapy during labor provides comfort, supports relaxation, and is a safe and effective non-pharmacologic pain relief strategy that promotes physiologic childbirth."

- American College of Nurse-Midwives

"Immersion in water during the first stage of labor may be associated with shorter labor and decreased use of spinal and epidural analgesia and may be offered to healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies between 37 0/7 weeks and 41 6/7 weeks of gestation. There does not appear to be an associated increased risk of adverse maternal, fetal, or neonatal outcomes."

- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Resources

American College of Nurse-Midwives Position Statement on Water-Birth

Water Birth International Benefits of Water-Birth