K.D. BraininFounder & Director

Setting up a water birth facility

Blog: 12.08.2015

Hospitals in the United Kingdom have evolved clinical guidelines for the use of water for labour and birth over the past 3o years.

The protocols for operational policy that they’ve developed are widely regarded as the benchmark standard internationally.

Below a collection of guidelines to help you establish your own operating procedures:

Water Safety Management

Cleaning & Care

Clinical Guidelines – Royal Cornwall Hospital

Clinical Guidelines – Royal Worcester Hospital

Guideline for the Management of Women Requesting Immersion in Water  – Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals

Operational Policy and Clinical Guidelines – Abbey Birth Centre

Birthspace: An evidence-based guide to birth environment design – Queensland Centre for Mothers and Babies

Use of water for labour and birth – Hywel DDA Local health Board

Guidelines for use of pool during labour and delivery – East Cheshire NHS Trust

Guiding principles for midwifery care during normal labour – Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust

Waterbirth care during labour for low risk women – Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals

Waterbirth Guidelines – Midwifery Led Unit, Wirral Hospital

Choosing a Water Birth – East and North Hertfordshire

Guidelines & FAQ’s – Patricia Scott,Midwife

Birthing pool use of labour and delivery – Wansbeck General Hospital

Water birth and use of water in labour guideline – Buckinghamshire Healthcare

Water for labour and birth guideline – Northern health and Social Care Trust

Immersion in water during labour and birth – NHS Forth Valley

Intrapartum care midwifery led unit – Wirral Women & Children’s Hospital

Guidelines for water birth within the hospital and at home – Dartford & Gravesham NHS

Disinfection and Sterilisation policy (infection control) – Basingstoke and North Hampshire NHS FT


Further Reading

Guidelines: Water Safety Management

Guidelines: Cleaning and Care

The Water Birth Safety Initiative

 

 

 
 
 

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