Water Birth in a Home-like Environment
Our midwives are all highly experienced and skilled in supporting women who wish to labor and/or give birth in the water. Both of our birthing suites have large built-in birth tubs that many women choose to utilize during the birthing process. We offer the option of water birth at Health Foundations because the best available evidence demonstrates that hydrotherapy offers physiological and psychological benefits in labor and birth.
The use of water immersion during labor is an excellent comfort measure. Both The American College of Nurse Midwives and The American Association of Birth Centers state that labor and birth in water can be safely offered to women with uncomplicated pregnancies and may be especially useful for women who prefer natural childbirth without pain medications.
They also state that immersion in water during labor provides comfort, supports relaxation and is a safe and effective pain relief strategy that promotes natural childbirth.