The benefits of a water birth
The weightlessness and buoyancy means it’s easy to change positions and float freely. In a relaxed state, your body will be producing more useful hormones facilitating a smoother, quicker progression of labour. Likewise, adrenalin, which is the fight or flight hormone our bodies produce when fear is present, increases the sense of pain and discomfort, tightening everything up and potentially leaving us with a longer, more distressing labour.
Ease the trauma of birth
For you baby - birthing in the water offers the gentlest transition from the watery womb into a world of gravity, noise, and light.
Being in the water with your newly born baby is an amazing experience of the power of first contact with your baby. It may be just you and your baby in a private world bordered by the pool. It can also be a special opportunity to let your baby have his/her first suckle at the breast while you are still in the warm water, helping with the bonding and to help the placenta come away more freely.
Increased Sense of Privacy
Once you are in the pool you may become less aware of those around you and more able to move with your body’s primitive and instinctive urges.