In this section you will find articles on lots of issues surrounding water submersion during labour and waterbirth. Read about using water during labour, setting up a birth pool, cleaning a birth pool, different types of waterbirth products available, where to have a waterbirth and lots, lots more.
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Articles on Using Water During Labour and Birth
Waterbirth - Twisting the research evidence
This morning I woke to read the Google newsfeed on Waterbirth. What I found was headlines like “Study: Water Birth Offers No Special Benefits”, “Water Babies: Docs Challenge Growing Trend — Childbirth In A Tub” and my favourite “Water Births May Be Risky For Mother And Newborn”.
Are Birth Pools Beneficial in Labour?
"The use of water in labour is a centuries-old practice for the human race. However today, many people are either unaware or sceptical of whether birth pools are beneficial in labour. The concept of using water in labour is a fairly simple one. If you are a bath-person you will understand because it is as simple as hoping into a warm bath after a long, hard day." This article provides information on whether birth pools are benficial in labour or not.
Water for labour and birth
I have attended women for over 18 years, many of whom have chosen to birth in the water. In case you’ve forgotten, before birth we all spent close to nine months totally surrounded by water. It is certainly no stranger to any of us: most of our body is simply water and the surface of our wonderful planet is mainly water. Water is essential for life and birth.
Birth Pools FAQs
PBB has put together a list of questions and answers to help you as you make decisions about purchasing and using a birth pool for labour and birth.
How to Pack Up a Birth Pool
You’re had you’re baby – Congratulations! And whether a water or land birth the birth pool was invaluable – Terrific! Now to the next question …. How to pack up a birth pool! This article is designed to assist you in navigating your way through emptying, cleaning, deflating and storing your birth pool.
How to Set Up a Birth Pool
You’re pregnant – Congratulations! And you’ve decided on a waterbirth – Terrific! Now to the next question …. how to set up a birth pool! This article is designed to assist you in navigating your way through selecting, erecting, using and ultimately packing away your birth pool.
The History of Waterbirth
However debates on the origins of the human race aside, historical artefacts and records tell us that the history of waterbirth began almost as long ago as birth itself.
Labouring and Birthing in Water
The use of water in labour and birth is ideal for facilitating normal birth and helping women to follow their instincts. The birth pool or bath often acts as a sanctuary, protecting women from unnecessary obstetric routines and procedures. A woman surrounded by water is less able to be disturbed and more able to outline her territory and protect her body.
Water Birth Photo Gallery
Waterbirth facilitates gentle, safe and empowering birth. This waterbirth photo gallery celebrates the wonderful option of waterbirth.
Waterbirth Friendly Hospitals
On this page we are listing Australian hospitals that are offering the option of waterbirth.
Birth Pool Friendly Hospitals
On this page we are listing Australian hospitals that have birth pools available for use or allow you to bring a birth pool in to use during labour and/or birth.
Inflatable Birth Pools Compared
It can be difficult to decide which is the best birth pool for you. To help you decide we have developed a comprehensive table that compares all our current inflatable birth pools.
Ergonomic Use and Handling of the Aquaborn Birth Pools
Aquaborn Eco Birth Pools ERGONOMICALLY DESIGNED to be used width ways and length ways and supports improved manual handling for midwives and doulas.
FAQ - Aquaborn Eco Birth Pool
Frequently asked questions about the Aquaborn Eco Birth Pool
Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidelines Eco Birth Pool
Guidelines for cleaning and Disinfecting Guidelines Eco Birth Pools
Water during labour and birth
The use of water has become increasingly popular as a way of avoiding a high tech birth both in hospital and at home