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What are the risks of water birth?

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Here are some of the rare problems that could happen while water birthing:

  • You or your baby could get an infection.
  • The umbilical cord could snap before your baby comes out of the water.
  • Your baby’s body temperature could be too high or too low.
  • Your baby could breathe in bath water.
  • Your baby could have seizures or not be able to breathe.

From: The Basics of Water Birth WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on September 07, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 09/07/2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics, , March 2014. Pediatrics

American Association of Birth Centers.

American College of Nurse-Midwives.

American College of Nurse-Midwives: “Position Statement: Hydrotherapy During Labor and Birth.”

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Immersion in Water During Labor and Delivery.”

News release, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Aaron Caughey, MD, spokesperson, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; professor and chairman, department of obstetrics and gynecology, Oregon Health and Science University; associate dean for women’s health research and policy, Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine.

Jeffrey Ecker, MD, chairman, Committee on Obstetric Practice, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology, Harvard Medical School; director of obstetrical clinical research and quality assurance, Massachusetts General Hospital.

Nutter, E. , May 2014. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health

Oregon Health & Science University Center for Women’s Health.

Royal College of Midwives.

Jenna Shaw-Battista, PhD, certified nurse-midwife; associate education director, University of California, San Francisco.

University of Maryland Medical Center: “The Three Stages of Labor.”

Waterbirth International: “Waterbirth FAQ.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on September 07, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics, , March 2014. Pediatrics

American Association of Birth Centers.

American College of Nurse-Midwives.

American College of Nurse-Midwives: “Position Statement: Hydrotherapy During Labor and Birth.”

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Immersion in Water During Labor and Delivery.”

News release, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Aaron Caughey, MD, spokesperson, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; professor and chairman, department of obstetrics and gynecology, Oregon Health and Science University; associate dean for women’s health research and policy, Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine.

Jeffrey Ecker, MD, chairman, Committee on Obstetric Practice, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology, Harvard Medical School; director of obstetrical clinical research and quality assurance, Massachusetts General Hospital.

Nutter, E. , May 2014. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health

Oregon Health & Science University Center for Women’s Health.

Royal College of Midwives.

Jenna Shaw-Battista, PhD, certified nurse-midwife; associate education director, University of California, San Francisco.

University of Maryland Medical Center: “The Three Stages of Labor.”

Waterbirth International: “Waterbirth FAQ.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on September 07, 2018

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