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
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
"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
American College of Nurse-Midwives Position Statement on Water-Birth
Water Birth International Benefits of Water-Birth