A birth in which the mother spends the final stages of labour in a birthing pool, with delivery taking place either in or out of the water.
Why is this important?
Because in many parts of the world where midwives are trying to introduce the use of water for labour and birth they are facing fierce opposition.
Birth in water is very controversial in many countries and in some places actually outlawed!
Labour in water is less controversial and easier for authorities to accept.
Immersion in warm water has been unequivocally proven to be of great benefit both physiologically and psychologically.
It is not important if the baby is born in water.
The key point that needs to be made is how women who enter a pool of warm water in established labour find that they are better able to cope with the pain.
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