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Water Birth in San Antonio, TX

A Gentle and Natural Birthing Option

Your Baby’s Water Birth

“You are an absolute angel. Your gentle support through my birth made the process perfect. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Thank you for the loving support you brought to our family.” – Ashley, Arram & Rizo

at home water birth with a newborn

Known as “the midwife’s epidural,” laboring in water has been shown to provide a range of benefits that can enhance the birthing experience for both mama and baby. Immersing in warm water during labor can provide pain relief, promote relaxation, and reduce stress. This soothing experience also provides a gentler transition into the world for your baby. 

BENEFITS OF A WATER BIRTH

The buoyancy of the water helps to ease the pressure on the mother’s body, providing a sense of weightlessness, and allowing you to easily move and find more comfortable positions during labor. Warm water also softens perineal tissues, making them more elastic and less prone to tearing. Being embraced by water can also promote relaxation and reduce stress, which can be particularly helpful during labor.

Here are some of the benefits of a water birth as noted by the American Pregnancy Association:

  • Soothing, comforting and relaxing
  • Can increase the mother’s energy
  • Lessens a mother’s body weight, allowing free movement
  • Promotes more efficient uterine contractions and improved circulation – less pain for mama, more oxygen for baby
  • Can lower blood pressure
  • Reduces stress-related hormones, allowing mama’s body to produce endorphins, which serve as pain-inhibitors
  • Causes the perineum to become more elastic and relaxed, reducing the incidence and severity of tearing
  • Physical relaxation, which allows for mental relaxation
  • Provides greater sense of privacy, which can reduce inhibitions, anxiety, and fears
  • Provides an environment for the baby similar to the amniotic sac
  • Eases the stress of birth for the baby, thus increasing reassurance and sense of security

AT HOME WATER BIRTHS

When it’s time to welcome your baby into the world, I will supply a portable tub for your labor and delivery. You may choose to labor in the water and get out of the tub before you deliver your baby, or you may choose to have a natural water birth in the tub. It is your choice. 

Water Birth FAQs

There are several reasons why babies do not breathe as soon as they are born, which leads water births to be a gentler transition from womb to world. When a baby is first born, its lungs are already filled with fluid to help to keep these spaces open for oxygen exchange. At first all babies also have fluid in their mouths and throat, which is why their first reflex is to swallow, not to breath. This brings the fluids into their stomach and opens their airways for their first breath. The mammalian dive reflex automatically closes their throat when a baby's face is touched by water, preventing any fluids from entering their lungs and also putting a hold on that first breath. Just as a woman's body knows what to do during this time, your baby’s body also knows everything it needs to enter the world.

We bring the baby out of the water within the first few seconds after birth to ensure there are no complications with breathing. We also want to untie mother and baby as soon as possible with skin-to-skin contact. Several water birth videos may show the baby underwater for several moments after birth, and the babies are completely fine.This is because the placenta is supporting the baby with oxygen during this time.

Yes.

Mothers who have labored or given birth in water say they had less pain and a greater sense of control. Soaking in water helps to reduce blood pressure, relax perineal tissues, reduce stress, and release natural pain inhibitors in the body. Some women report that being in water also shortens the pushing stage of labor.

This is your experience, and can use the labor pool whenever you want. However, the warm and soothing water may relax your body enough to slow down the labor process. It is advised to wait until labor patterns are established and the contractions are strong enough before fully immersing yourself in the comforting embrace of the pool. Some mothers find entering the pool early into labor useful for its calming effect and to determine if labor has actually started. 

Birth pools are designed to be fast and easy to set up. A birth pool can be set up in less than 20 minutes, just follow the instructions that came with the pool. It can take up to an hour to fill the pool, based on its size. We will set up your birth pool and prepare the birthing area for you, so you can relax and focus on welcoming your newest family member into the world.

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