Relax & Reclaim
Waterbirth is felt by mothers and providers alike, to be the gentlest of gentle births. Warm luxurious water to cradle you and give you complete freedom to move during the greatest achievement of your life.Reserve your tub
Advantages For The Mother
- Safer, more effective and economical than an epidural (Waterbirth was coined “aquadural” or “wetepidural’)
- Less use of analgesics and Anastasia
- Fewer birth canal, vagina, perineum and vulva injuries
- Reduction in episiotomies
- Increases maternal connection
- Increases maternal autonomy
- Conservation of maternal energy
- Better focus and concentration in water
- Deeper relaxation, resulting in hormones surge
- Less pressure on the abdomen because of the buoyancy, promoting more efficient contractions, better blood circulation, more oxygen to baby and mother etc.
- Helps to relieve anxiety and promote focus, as labor becomes more intense
- Moist air assist better breathing for mother, especially if asthmatic
- Can speed up a normal labor
- Effective tool in easing the woman into and through transition and pushing
- Warm water may stop false labor contractions
- Sound of water running or the jets on the belly or back create more endorphin secretion
- Empowering experience for mother without drugs, developing inner strength and power enriching her life forever
- Family relationship empowered with mother in less pain; father takes more active role in birth experience resulting in a deeper bonding and more enhanced relationship
- Parent–child interaction are enhanced by positive experience in her body/mind/spirit, less painful, gentle approach to bring a child to the planet
- Reduced cesarean rates
- High maternal satisfaction
Advantages For Baby
- Easier more gentle transition from the womb of water to an external world of water, weightlessness, warm, wet and soft
- Decreased trauma at birth
- More oxygenated blood to the baby because of better blood circulation in the mother
- Baby doesn’t receive invasive stimuli to induce crying resulting in a calm or more alert state
- Bacteria is dissipated in the water reducing infection risk
- Cord cutting is delayed allowing for the placenta to support the baby through this transition
- Fewer problems with breast-feeding because baby remains on mother’s chest
- Less trauma to the mother means less trauma to the baby
- Babies brought into the world with less trauma have a greater potential to integrate into the world quickly
If you have any questions, we would be happy to answer them!
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Frequently Asked Questions
There are many benefits to laboring and giving birth in a pool. There have been risks suggested, but not proven to be directly linked to delivering in clean water.
However, since the evidence has not been conclusive it is not possible to say there are no risks.
When a baby emerges from the birth canal into the warm water there are physiological mechanisms that prevent the baby from breathing. Once the baby’s face or cord reaches the air s/he is stimulated to breathe. The baby also still receives oxygenated blood through the umbilical cord.
How long does the baby stay underwater? Gently and slowly lifting your baby face out of the water, within the first few moments of birth, will ensure that your baby can make the transition to breathing on its own while still getting oxygen from the umbilical cord. Keeping the baby’s body in the water while still on mom’s chest or her legs will help keep them warm.
The water should be kept between 97 and 100°F. You don’t want the water hotter than what the baby is used to in the womb.
Our heated birth tub/pools are designed with heaters that maintain the temperature of the water. This allows you to labor without continuously having to add hot water. We also rent inflatable tubs, which maintain the temperature for 4 hours, and are best used during the end of labor and birth.
Generally it is recommended that you have established regular, strong contractions. Some suggest the 5 cm rule. 5 cm dilated and in active labor. This will allow mom to maximize the therapeutic effects of the water for transition. Entering the tub too early can slow or stop your labor. On the other hand, being in the water can relax the mom just enough to allow her body to jump into full labor. Consult with your provider about your options.
Ease of movement is one of the best reasons to labor in water. Changing positions is easy. You can lean on the side, squat, kneel, float or sit against your partner. There are many options.
Yes. Our tubs are designed to accommodate two adults (and sometimes a toddler or two- with mom and dad, of course).
Yes. Staying well hydrated is very important. Your body needs fuel to do the work of birthing. You should drink water and eat easily digestible food. Have your partner keep water near the tub and offer it to you often.
Always start with fresh clean tap water, if it is safe to drink it is safe to give birth in. However, if the tub has been full for 36 to 48 hours (at home, 24 in hospital) it will need to be treated, or changed, to insure it remains free of high levels of bacteria.
However, we would prefer it if you allow us to come and drain the tub and refill it and replace the liner. We believe this is the best option to maintain a clean pool. If left untreated warm standing water will breed bacteria. Treating or changing the water, every other day, is necessary to prevent this problem.
We supply you with the fishnet to remove any debris that you may notice.
We take great care to properly clean, disinfect and inspect our tubs and equipment after every birth. You will also be giving your own personal liner, tarp and fish net, only to be opened when we set up your tub.
“Dilution is the solution to pollution.” Dr. Michael Rosenthal, a renowned water birth advocate, reminded us that the amount of walk water (approximately 150 gallons) dilutes the bacteria that we may bring into the tub with us, or those introduced during the birthing process. You should remove any birth by-products (blood clots, feces, meconium) with the fishnet provided. But the infection risk is actually small due to the amount of “dilution”.
Any woman who has a normal pregnancy can use a tub. Is important to always have a partner or support person with you while you were laboring in the tub. If you are using the tub in the hospital you will need to check with them about their protocols and procedures. Water birth is usually not recommended for the following conditions: a mother with diabetes, heart disease, HIV, hepatitis, uncontrolled high blood pressure, severe preeclampsia, active herpes outbreak, low/slow growth baby, multiples, breech babies, premature babies, or a baby in distress. You may also need to get out if you have an unusually long pushing stage, unusual bleeding, and if you feel faint or dizzy. You should always consult with your provider if you are considering using a labor/birth tub. Every woman and every birth is a unique event. Midwives, doctors, and hospitals will all have their own protocols to assess your compatibility to birthing in water.
No, but we can supply you with a “CPT code” on an invoice if you would like to seek reimbursement from your insurance carrier. Something families have had success if they ask for a prescription from their doctor.
The heated tubs are approximately 54 inches in diameter, 24 inches deep and less than 900 lbs. when filled with water.
The inflatable tubs are 64×72, 23 inches deep and approx. 1400 lbs. when full.
Engineers have told us that the weight of the pool is transient weight – one that is not going to be there for very long, as opposed to permit weight. The load bearing weight has been calculated to that to be 75 pounds per square foot. As per the current information on Waterbirth.org “There has never been an incident of the weight of a pool causing any damage to any hospital, home or birth center.”
"Even though I didn't end up giving birth in the tub, I was able to labor in the tub and loved it. The full service was nice because they set it all up and took it down and I didn't have to do anything."− Savannah
"I like that it stayed heated for so long (my labor was 33 hours)!"− Maryann Flynn
"The tub really helped me during early labor, when I was having back pain."− Nita
"It was so soothing! I don't know how anyone can have a natural birth without a water tub. I loved that it retained heat and how quickly Jollina came to set up and take down the tub. She was very respectful and nonintrusive while setting up."− Sierra Cory