Some hospitals and birthing centres offer tubs or whirlpools for
labour. If yours does, talk to your doctor or midwife about labouring in
water. The warm water supports your body. It also helps you to relax. For many women, labouring in water has been proved to:footnote 1, footnote 2
Reduce labour pain.
Reduce the use
of or need for pain medicine.
Lower the mother's blood pressure.
Sometime before you are ready to push your baby out, you will have
help getting out of the tub.
Delivering in water
A water birth is the delivery of a baby while in a tub or pool of warm water. More research is needed to find out the benefits and risks to delivering in water.
If you are thinking of a water birth, discuss it with your doctor
Cunningham FG, et al. (2010). Abnormal labor. In Williams Obstetrics, 23rd ed., pp. 464-489. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Cluett ER, Burns E (2009). Immersion in water in labour and birth. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2).