Women are encouraged to use the labor pool at any time. However, due to the relaxing nature of the warm water, if a woman enters before her contractions are strong and close together, she may become too relaxed and slow her labor. The midwives at Women's Health Associates are there to find the time that is right for the most comfortable and efficient birth experience. The temperature of water during a labor and birth is usually between 95-100 degrees Fahrenheit, depending upon the mother's preference. The mother is encouraged to drink plenty of water. Cool cloths will be available to place upon the laboring woman's face and neck to make her more comfortable. The midwives guide women through this gentle birthing process.It is vital that anyone considering water birth enlist the help of qualified and experienced birthcare professionals, such as the midwives at Women’s Health Associates. Special preparations must be made in advance of your due date.
To find out more about water birth please call 207-777-4300 for an appointment with one of our midwives.