Giving birth in water has become increasingly popular these days. Many women feel that they have better control of their body through natural means of childbirth like a water birth. Plus, the process is found to be safer and less stressful for the baby as there is no medical intervention involved. But there are still plenty of scary myths about water births that have spread across the Internet, making soon-to-be-moms doubt their choice of giving birth in water.
Here are some common misconceptions about water births and the truth behind these false notions:
Myth #1: The baby will be more likely to get an infection if born in water.
Truth: The rate of infant infection in water births is less than .01 percent, according to an international study. As long as the water source used to fill the tub is sanitary, there is nothing to worry about. Some women, however, do pass a stool while pushing their baby out, but some health experts also state that the water might protect the infant from infection by diluting any bacteria.
Myth #2: The baby will drown if born under water.
Truth: Inside the womb, the baby receives all its oxygen supply from the placenta—its lungs are not yet at work. When the baby emerges into the water, it still breathes through placental circulation. Once it is lifted out of the water, however, the baby receives a signal to switch from placental circulation to normal air circulation, causing its body to pump blood into the lungs for the first time.
Myth #3: In a water birth, women no longer need a midwife’s help.
Truth: Wasatch Midwifery and Wellness and other natural childbirth advocates believe that a midwife who is trained in water birth is the key to a safe and healthy birth outcome. An experienced midwife can guide you from prenatal care to actual birth, helping you prevent risks such as breakage of the umbilical cord due to the baby being pushed into the water too quickly.
Childbirth is a natural life event that women can experience in any way they choose to have it. But in case you’re considering water birth, let these debunked myths help you make your decision.