Speaker 1: (00:05)
Babies grow in fluid. It’s called amniotic fluid and the baby actually makes that fluid in its own body. And just imagine that the whole entire baby comes out in that intact amniotic sec, that’s the original water birth, the BA the sack hasn’t broken, but the baby is still swimming in that same amniotic water. Now imagine sitting in a bathtub and your baby comes out through your vagina, into the bath, and I call it an expanded womb. It’s a womb with a view, and that baby comes out and cannot take a breath because it’s in the same safe state that it’s always been in, in the, in the amniotic SAC.

Speaker 2: (01:05)
So as soon

Speaker 1: (01:07)
As the baby comes up, that’s when it gets stimulated to breathe and not before, not a single time before, as long as the baby’s heart rate is good. As long as the mother is tolerating, the labor that baby can just kind of slip out like a slippery dolphin, come up into your arms and take its first breath, right then right there. No problem. As you prepare for your birth and the questions about water use come up, you can rest assured that no baby has ever taken a deep breath under the water. It’s physiologically impossible. So you can make your decision based on your comfort level and what you would like to achieve with your birth and putting water into your birth is easier for you. It’s better for the baby, and you’d be joining over a half a million babies around the world that have been born in water since about the 1970s.

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Barbara Harper is a leading voice for childbirth and maternity care reform, an author, educator, midwife and internationally recognized expert on the use of warm water immersion for labor and birth. Barbara’s professional inspiration began with a close and loving relationship with her... Read More