These waterbirth videos show women giving birth to their babies in a bath or birthing pool.
The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews has found that "the statistically significant reduction in maternal perception of pain and in the rate of epidural analgesia suggest that water immersion during the first stage of labour is beneficial for some women. No evidence was found that this benefit was associated with poorer outcomes for babies or longer labours."
Cluett ER, Burns E. Immersion in water in labour and birth. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2009, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD000111. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD000111.pub3.WARNING - these are graphic childbirth videos and are intended for a mature audience.
Mother Catches Baby in Underwater Birth
A lovely, gentle birth, witnessed only by the father and the baby's older sister. The women is birthing without any interference or tampering from others - one of the advantages of an unassisted childbirth.
Water Birth in Birth Center
This birth is attended by a midwife and the woman giving birth is in a very reclined back-lying position. Possibly a more upright position would have facilitated the birth.
Twin Water Birth
While underwater, the same as inside the womb, a baby receives oxygen via the umbilical cord. Babies born in water do not take a breath until they are exposed to the air, so there is no risk that the baby will drown, as this video clearly shows.
Underwater Birth Videos - unusual water birth clips
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