Why you shouldn’t have a Water Birth

Why water births should not become more common anytime soon.

Water births should not become more common anytime soon. Image by this talented artist

The general argument in favour for water births revolve around giving the newborn baby a less traumatic entrance in the world. I have read (in magazines, not scientific journals) that the transition from amniotic fluid to water interface is more comfortable for the baby than the transition from amniotic fluid to air.

Whether that is true is unknown- it’s pretty hard to know what level of comfort a newborn baby is in.

What is known is that there are no clear benefits to having a water birth, but there are a number of documented, potentially fatal consequences of having a water birth.

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