Watch a Baby Be Born Through Water Birth Pictures

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Water Birth as Pain Relief in Childbirth

Water birth. Midwife holding the hands of a pregnant woman who is in a birthing pool.
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Water birth is becoming a more popular way to relieve pain in labor and childbirth. As these water birth pictures show, mothers who choose water birth are often very joyous after the birth of their babies. The question becomes, what about during the labor?

Water birth is known to provide many benefits, including:

  1. Less Pain
  2. Fewer Tears
  3. Increased relaxation
  4. Increased mobility for mom
  5. Decrease in the use of epidural anesthesia

The following water birth pictures show one mother's childbirth experience using a water birth tub, at home as she gives birth to her daughter.

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Pushing the Baby Out

The baby is being born into the water in this home water birth.
The baby is being born into the water in this home water birth. Photo © iStockPhoto

With the final contractions of childbirth, this mother is pushing her baby out in these water birth pictures. The head is visible just under the water as it's being lifted up by the midwife.

Water birth can be very helpful for moms when it comes to positioning in pushing. The buoyancy allows moms to get into various positions more easily.

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Mom Brings Baby Out of the Water

This newborn baby is being handed to her mother after a home water birth.
This newborn baby is being handed to her mother after a home water birth. The placenta is also separating. Photo © iStockPhoto

As the rest of the baby's body is born, the mother brings the baby to her chest with the help of her midwife in these water birth pictures. Notice that the midwives wear very long, special water birth gloves, that allow them to reach into the water without getting their hands wet. You can also see a small amount of blood in the water birth pool. This is an indication that the placenta is separating and preparing to come out.

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It's a girl!

This mother is snuggling with her newborn baby at a home water birth.
This mother is snuggling with her newborn baby girl at a home water birth. Photo © iStockPhoto

The joyous moments after birth as mom holds her baby girl for the first time is shown in these water birth pictures.

Sometimes when a baby is born in the water, the parents aren't as quick to uncover and find out if the baby is a boy or girl. This is done on their time, with no rush from others.

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Relaxing with Mom in the Water Birth Tub

This newborn baby is bonding with his mother after a home water birth.
This newborn baby is bonding with his mother after a home water birth. Photo © iStockPhoto

Immediately after birth, this mother relaxes in the water birth pool with her newborn. The baby is skin to skin with mom, covered in a towel.

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Leaving the Water Birth Tub

Wrapping the newborn in a towel after a home water birth.
Wrapping the newborn in a towel after a home water birth. Photo © iStockPhoto

Preparing to leave the water birth tub typically means that mom and baby are stable and ready to move. Sometimes mom holds her baby as she moves, other times she needs to have help to get up out of the water. The baby is wrapped in a new dry towel and given back to mom.

Some women choose to leave the tub before the placenta delivers, while others deliver the placenta while in the water. Remember that the water is warm and relaxation for mom and baby.

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Settling in with Baby After Water Birth

Mom nursing newborn as older sibling watches.
Mom nursing newborn as older sibling watches. Photo © iStockPhoto

Once out of the water birth tub, mom and baby settle back in together. In this water birth picture, you'll see big brother joins mom to watch his baby sister nurse after the birth.

Sources:

Cluett ER, Burns E. Immersion in water in labour and birth. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD000111. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD000111.pub3

Gentle Birth Choices Harper, Barbara, R.N., Ch. 6

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