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What precautions should you take for a water birth?

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If you’re thinking about a water birth, talk to your health care professional early in your pregnancy to find out if it’s a service the hospital provides. If so, who will manage your labor and delivery? You may need to find a midwife instead of an OB-GYN.

If it’s not done in a hospital near you, you may have to go to a birthing center or do it at home.

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 7, 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 7, 2018

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