Water birth: wave of the future or dangerous pseudoscience?

A newborn baby cries as a midwife prepares to cut the cord following a water birth. Photo: iStockphoto

Water birthing has been around for a long time, having been offered in Australia and the UK for decades. The problem is that many hospitals and birthing centres don’t have the facilities to offer it. If you are a nurse midwife or a nurse who works in labour and delivery, you may have encountered women who are opting for this new birthing experience.

It may seem like a bizarre, unnecessary birthing procedure. Some even think that birthing a child in water can be dangerous to the mother and the baby. However, more research studies are showing that water birth is safe and can have some definite benefits for all involved.

Read more at Ausmed


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