A birth in which the mother spends the final stages of labor in a birthing pool, with delivery taking place either in or out of the water.
- Water dilutes germs, making a water birth potentially less risky than a ‘land’ birth.
- When I became pregnant with our third child, my husband, Mark, who is an obstetrician, suggested that a water birth might be a gentle way to bring our baby into the world.
- The couple, from West End, had been planning a water birth at Southampton's Princess Anne Hospital for their first child - but changed their mind when things started happening very quickly.
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