Feeling relaxed, secure and in control and being able to move about freely can make
it more likely for you to have a quicker and more natural birth.
For some women using a birthing pool can offer all of these benefits.
Today more and more women are considering using water for pain relief in labour.
A midwife can support you in using a birthing pool at home or in our midwife-led units
at Colchester General Hospital and Clacton and Harwich hospitals in the community.
Using a birthing pool is likely to increase the chances of a normal vaginal delivery
and therefore we would like to offer this option to as many women as possible.
We have compiled this leaflet to give you and your partner relevant information about
labouring and giving birth in water.
Please talk to your midwife during the antenatal period who will be able to answer any questions you may have.