Water births are safe for both mother and baby, study says trends now

Water births are safe for both mother and baby, study says trends now
Water births are safe for both mother and baby, study says trends now

Water births are safe for both mother and baby, study says trends now

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WATER births do not increase the risk of complications for mother or baby, NHS research shows.

Women with low-risk pregnancies are as likely to experience healthy births in a supervised pool as those on beds, they found.

Experts say it could have implications for thousands of women each year who use birthing pools as a form of pain relief during labour.

The study analysed more than 87,000 records who used a pool during labour across 26 NHS organisations in England and Wales between 2015 and 2022.

Researchers explored the rate of baby deaths, severe tears suffered by women during childbirth, as well as the number of babies who needed antibiotics or help with breathing on a neonatal unit after birth.

Researchers claim the risks of complications were no higher among water births compared with births out of water

Researchers claim the risks of complications were no higher among water births compared with births out of water

In the UK around 60,000 women a year use a birth pool or bath for pain relief in labour, but some midwives and doctors were concerned that water births could carry extra risks.

But the new research, published in obstetrics and gynaecology journal BJOG, found these were no higher among water births compared with births out of water.

WHAT IS A WATER BIRTH? 

A water birth is when a baby is born using a deep bath or birthing pool. 

Being in water during labour or birth is relaxing for mothers-to-be and may help with pain - however some pain relief is not offered. 

The water can help support the mother's weight, making it easier to move around and feel more in control during labour. It can help with back pain as well as stretching the vagina as the baby

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