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What are the advantages of water birth?

By Andrea Rodrigo B.Sc., M.Sc. (embryologist).
Last Update: 01/21/2022

This is a type of delivery in which the woman gives birth with the lower half of her body submerged in warm water. This promotes relaxation and therefore makes childbirth easier for many women. In addition, the passage from the mother's womb to the outside is more gradual and therefore less traumatic for the baby, who will be enveloped by the warm water during its first seconds of life.

It is important to note that not all deliveries can take place under water, as in some conditions it may be contraindicated. Therefore, it is essential to always consult a doctor.

In order to carry out this type of delivery, uterine dilatation must have reached 3-5 cm. If the woman enters the water too early, contractions may slow down. However, when dilation is already active, the water shortens their duration.

It is recommended that the mother should not stay in the water for more than two hours, as this may relax her too much and complicate the expulsion of the fetus.

 Andrea Rodrigo
Andrea Rodrigo
B.Sc., M.Sc.
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia along with the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI). Postgraduate course in Medical Genetics.
Embryologist. Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia along with the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI). Postgraduate course in Medical Genetics.