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Using water for labour and birth

Contact: (0191 282 5748) - Maternity Assessment Unit

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This information has been written to explain about using water for labour and birth and to help you make an informed choice about the birth of your baby.

Benefits of using water for pain relief and birthShow [+]Hide [-]

For you: 
  • helps reduce pain and the need for additional forms of medical pain relief
  • water is soothing and supports your body. It helps you to be gently mobile and to change position easily
  • using the pool aids relaxation
  • helps your body to release endorphines - these are your body's own natural pain controllers, your 'feel good' hormones
  • research shows that labour may be shorter

For your baby:
  • birth in water may be more gentle
  • there are no side effects to the baby
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