Water birth has many benefits for mother and baby

Ascension NE Wisconsin - Mercy Campus in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, offers water births to help make you more comfortable during labor.

Water births at Ascension Wisconsin

A water birth is a more natural type of birth. When assisted by a certified nurse midwife who is trained in this birthing technique, water birth can be a safe and relaxing birthing option for you.

Ascension Mercy offers both water birth (labor and delivery in water), as well as the option to spend a portion of labor in a tub but deliver traditionally. To learn more, talk to a certified nurse midwife or an OB/GYN.

In a water birth, the depth of the tub allows the water to cover the woman's abdomen and provide more comfort during labor and delivery. Depending on what position the mother is in at the final stages of delivery, she can reach down and bring her baby up to her chest. The bonding experience is immediate. A certified nurse midwife is with you during the entire birth experience. The baby then goes to the warmer and the mother changes, moves to the bed as the family unites.

Women who are having their first baby (with no apparent risk factors), or who have had a previous low-risk pregnancy, may be good candidates for a water birth.

Benefits of a water birth

  • Decreases pain and tense muscles, especially between contractions
  • Nice transition for the baby to go from the warm amniotic fluid inside mom to a warm water bath outside mom
  • Relaxing, peaceful environment

Water birth also decreases adrenaline production, which may lead to a shorter labor. This can also help relieve pressure on your abdomen allowing for better blood circulation and more oxygen to you and your baby.